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Posted 12/5/14 , edited 12/5/14
Hello everyone,

I've been thinking about potential places to work after I'm done with college and my graduate studies. One region in particular that has grabbed my interest the most is the Pacific Northwest. I think it would be awesome to live and work in places like Seattle, Washington or Portland, Oregon once I'm able to fully take care of myself.

Is there anyone on the forum here who lives or has even visited this region? I'd love to get their thoughts on the area and their own experiences there.
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I live about half an hour away from Seattle and don't think I'll ever be able to live in another state. Is there anything in particular that you're curious about?
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Posted 12/6/14
What I'm curious about the most would be:

1.) What's the general attitude, culture, and characteristics of the majority of people who live there.

2.) If I were to actually live within the city, would it be possible to get by without a car? If I can avoid living with a car in my life, I'd be so happy.

3.) I've heard people from different people that those who are new to the area tend to get a bit of a cold shoulder. I'm referring to what people call the "Seattle Freeze". It would be interesting to get your thoughts on that considering you've been around that region for a long time.

4.) When you say "I don't think I'll ever be able to live in another state" that leads me to believe that you've enjoyed living in the area. Correct me if I'm wrong if you meant something else.
Posted 12/6/14
In my opinion Seattle's public transportation overall isn't as great as in San Francisco, but still reliable. Seattle's downtown in particular has one of the best public transportation services around. You could live without a car as long as you're fine with the obvious limitations and commuting expenses that go with it.

I'm not the biggest fan of the locals from my experiences. Most do give off this very impersonal distant vibe to me. On another note, their current almost religious obsession with the Seahawks can be very off-putting. Seattle is a good place to earn money and the food scene is great, but other than that I still don't consider the culture there one of my favorites. Only reason I visit is due to friends and family.
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1.) I never really interact with anyone on purpose when I'm in Seattle itself but the vibe I get from people is pretty indifferent. They're not mean, but they're not visibly happy to be alive. They're just doing there thing, living their life. And all that. On a side note the businesses are, in my experience, pretty friendly. All of the times I've passed by the policemen out and about during events they were quite pleasant, if that's also something you're interested in.

2.) It IS possible but, as stated above, the public transportation isn't as sophisticated compared to other cities and tends to be indirect (mostly if you are going other places besides Seattle. I had a coworker who lives in Renton but to get home from Issaquah he has to take a bus to Bellevue that THEN goes to Renton -- takes over an hour for what would be a twenty minute trip. But within the city it's fine.). I've never had to rely on it as a method of traveling to and fro, however come next year I'm going to have to use the buses three days of the week because the institution I'm going to attend is there. If you're going to live within the city it's a hell of a lot better than paying for parking, which is just no. So, long story short: a car isn't 100% necessary (within the city)!

3.) The "Seattle Freeze" -- I've never heard of that before, I love it! In a way I can agree, but I don't think it's all too different from someone non-indigenous to an area moving in. Like, whoa, new person, who are you?! I personally think how people are treated is on more of a how-you-present-yourself basis, not on how long you have or haven't been in an area for. I can't say that for Seattle with full meaning as most of my time is spent in the neighboring cities Issaquah and Bellevue which people tend to be... Very established if they live there. So you can see my bias, right? It's all just based on the perspective you're looking at it from.

4.) I absolutely love it here. I've visited other places such as Denver, Virginia, Salt Lake, LA... None of them really "get me going" like the PNW does (I love Portland, though). Despite the rain that makes all the mud (very irritating if you have a dog to run) it never really gets too hot or too cold all too often. The weather is pretty even-tempered. If it rains it's not necessarily going to pour, and all that. Another thing I love is all of the hiking trails and parks. I never really utilized them until I got my dog two years ago and it's opened so many doors! There's lots of food -- so much great food. A big focus on natural food markets as well if you're into that. People are pretty free-thinking as well which is a huge plus for me: I'm big on "love everyone" and all that jazz.
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Oh, and I feel compelled to add that there's a loooovely little anime store (http://sweetkittyanime.com/) that's sort-of-not-really-but-kind-of close to Seattle. Such a great place.
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Thank you so much for answering my questions!

I suppose getting to know people in a new location would be difficult no matter where you go. Especially in a major city where everybody is on the go and doing their own thing. Like you said, as long as I'm within the city limits, I should be able to get along just fine without a car and I definitely don't mind the restrictions that come along with it. As long as I can get to my potential job and buy groceries within a reasonable distance and amount of time I'll be happy.

As far as the weather goes, I'm totally fine with the climate and amount of rain that the region is well known for. It sounds a lot better than the crushingly cold winters and unbearably humid summers that I've come to experience in New England.

One last question: do you know anything about what the local music scene in Seattle?
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Posted 12/6/14
No problem!

As for the local music scene... it's pretty punk rock? Most of the local bands that I've seen opening for other bands have been kind of heavy. There's generally something of the sort going on at El Corazon and/or the Showbox always.
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Posted 12/7/14
Fantastic, I'm all about the punk rock.
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