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Travel to Seattle for alternative health care

A March 2002 trip to Seattle by trailbos

Quote: If you're looking for acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal medicine, or chiropractic health care, Seattle has a wealth of resources and practioners ready to help.

Travel to Seattle for alternative health care

Overview

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Alternative health care is easy to find in Seattle; just look it up on the internet or in the phone book. While you're there, be sure to enjoy Pike Place Market, the outdoor art found everywhere, street entertainers, a wide range of dining opportunities, and, of course, coffee.Quick Tips: The one downside to visiting Seattle is the cost and availability of hotels. This is not a cheap city to spend the night in, and if you go for the low-end hotels like I did, you may find yourself in a noisy, cheap hotel with poor service and some interesting street activities outside.Best Way To Get Around: If you fly into SeaTac, the best way to get downtown is the public bus. Route 194 is the ex...Read More
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The room was large enough, but the furniture was not comfortable for hanging out, reading or watching TV. That's okay if all you need is a place to sleep and shower. I booked this place because it was cheap, and my expectations were not high, so I was not disappointed. I had a room facing the street, which tended to be noisy, both with traffic and all-night street people who sometimes got into shouting matches at 3 a.m. Housekeeping was kind of funky - I left a tip each day, and on the third day they had come in to take the tip but failed to clean the room (just a little thing to laugh about). The front desk expected me to leave my key each time I went out, which was often, and that was kind of a...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 28, 2002

Commodore Hotel
2013 Second Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98121
(206) 448-8868

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You may not think much about food courts in shopping malls, but this one is particularly good, with good choices and lots of variety. Most vendors offered a plate special, and my favorites were from the mid-east and indian vendors, which had plenty of vegetarian choices. They had good hearty servings, and five bucks satisfied a big hungry guy like me. Like any food court, it is quick and convenient, not what you would call a dining experience. But when you're looking for some good fast food so that you can get back out there shopping or protesting or whatever in downtown Seattle, go to the third floor of Westlake Center. It's conveniently located at the southern terminal of the monorail.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2002

Westlake Center Food Court
400 Pine St
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 467-3044

Pike Place Market

Attraction

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Pike Place Market is fun and local. For fun, how about flying fish? Two of the seafood places in the market have a habit of throwing fish between workers (keep your head down if you walk between them). They have so much fun on the job, a work management book has been written about them ("Fish"). Buying fruit and veggies can also be fun, as I had good interaction with some of the vendors. One woman kept feeding me samples of all their products until I finally relented and bought something. Inside the market and in the surrounding shops, you won't find franchises (except for Starbucks), and you won't find many t-shirt shops either. This isn't a sterile, corporate market like Fisherman's Wharf in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 28, 2002

Pike Place Market
85 Pike Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 682-7453

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I'm at home watching the TV news, and learn that acupuncture can effectively treat high blood pressure. This sounds good to me, as I'm currently on medication and am looking for alternatives. A search in the internet and the local phone book convinces me that there are no practicioners in my area; I'll have to travel somewhere. But where? I remember a trip to Seattle 18 years ago, where I stumbled on to a street health fair, and discovered that Seattle had a flourishing alternative healthcare network. A quick look on the net yeilded lists of acupuncture practioners in Seattle, and I fired off email to two of them, getting a positive response on both. I decided on one, then checked the airlines...Read More

Street protests

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Street protests are alive and well in Seattle. While I was there, a well-organized stop-the-war rally was held at Westlake Center. The next day, several people concerned with possible outbreaks of antibiotic resistant diseases were passing out fliers. On the corner is a man shouting, holding a sign that calls the police "communists" and claiming he is the real son of god. In walking around Seattle, I stumbled upon several different kinds of bookstores, some radical, some feminists, some gay/lesbian, and there is the famous Left Bank Books right at the entrance to Pike Place Market. I didn't join any protests, but I read their fliers, and browsed through some bookstores, particularly those with un...Read More