Did I tell you about the vagrants in Vancouver and Seattle? These cities have a myriad of homeless who live on a bed of cardboard under a blanket or whatever else they can find and spend their day pushing a trolley with all their belongings or hanging around where the tourists do holding a sign or waving an empty cup looking for change.
They aren’t aggressive but in Vancouver they seemed to be everywhere but as soon as you didn’t hand over any money they politely said, “God bless you,” or “Have a nice day” or some other nice thought. In Seattle they were more of the sign holder with some story of why they needed money.
I never handed over any money except in Vancouver on our last night when I gave the last of my Canadian coins to the guy who was outside the 7-11 next to our hotel every night – it appears they have corners, a bit like buskers or drug dealers.
In Seattle we went to a part of town known as the Pioneer Square neighbourhood. This used to be very run-down but they moved in the artists and have done a lot to make it more “people-friendly” if you like. It was a pretty place (if pretty is the right word – maybe intriguing or interesting is better) and they have excellent tours of what they call the underground. This area of Seattle was the hive of activity when first settled but the early settlers also built on the tide plain and when a fire burnt a lot of the city to the ground (happens a lot to cities over here) they rebuilt but the orders were to build on top of the existing buildings.
It really was an interesting piece of history and a recommended area to visit and tour (although our tour guide did say to avoid any further than a block or two from where we went). It was also extra interesting because the food kitchen was out serving breakfast and the park was full of the homeless but no-one bothered us, not even one I saw who might have been a bit of a Fagan as he was counting out a roll of dollar bills with a small group around him watching and waiting?
We had some coffee here at a great bakery and I knew we were safe when I checked for a wi-fi and came across the following:
And here are a few more photos from this area –