My nephew Nic flew up from California to check out Seattle for the first time this weekend and we did the typical touristy things... on a budget. So for instance, we went to the Space Needle to take a ride to the top... until we realized it was going to cost 22 frickin' dollars. Fail, but at least I snapped this awesome pic of a rainbow ramming itself into the needle (make jokes here).

Then we saw the original Starbucks store however, since I'm not a fan of corporate coffee, it made me sad. You're in a city full of the best espresso houses anywhere in the country and you're going to go to McCoffee? SMH. By the way, about a block north of the Starbuck's store is this Piroshky shop which is the bomb (not pictured)! Then we stopped by Pike's Place Market to see the fishmongers play catch the dead fish. Sadly, we just barely seemed to miss every performance of that. However we did meet a cool homeless guy named "Mad" who told us a terrible joke. "What did the fish say when it ran into a wall? Damn!" Get it? Damn! Lol.

Finally, we ended up with an even more spectaclular view of Seattle than you get at the top of the Space Needle by visiting the observation deck at the Columbia Center. It's 300 feet taller than the Space Needle and offers a view of something you can't see from the top of the Space Needle... the Space Needle, as well as awesome shots of Century Link, Safeco Field and Mt. Olympus.

Here are the other pics:

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