It came and went far too quickly, but we DID have another SIBling reunion in Seattle, just like we told you we would. Robby did a pretty great wrap-up of our weekend with a social media collage, of sorts. Since THAT exists, and our Argentina vs. Chile comparison post is one of our most popular, I thought I’d do a comparison of cities.
WARNING: I absolutely loved Seattle and could easily see myself living there, and on the flip side, I’m not a huge fan of San Antonio. Meaning, I’ll try to make this a pretty neutral comparison, but there may be some (glaringly obvious) bias. Woo, here we go!
THE NATIVE PERSONALITY
San Antonio: country, to the point of being a little redneck
Seattle: as hipster as a coffee shop in an Apple store
The easiest way to notice this would be the bar scene, I’d say. Places I’ve gone out to in San Antonio include Cowboys Dancehall, Wild West, and Thirsty Horse Saloon. There’s also this gem right down the road from my apartment…
They have bike night every Wednesday.
When I got to Seattle, though, Robby was waiting with a bottle of locally grown and bottled wine.
This is a true friend.
And then we walked about a block and a half up from his street to the Eastlake Zoo Tavern, which looked like a cleaner and less shadowy frat house basement that got thrown into an old barn and was full of flannel-and-beanie-clad young folks playing pool.
I tried to blend in.
That may not sound appealing, but I assure you it was charming and delightful.
Local craft beer, of course!
WHERE’S THE WATER AT?
San Antonio: the Riverwalk and not anywhere else super close, since it’s the desert.
Admittedly, it’s pretty cute.
Seattle: literally, everywhere
I mean… SEAPLANES?!
An Abi Original
San Antonio: south of the border and/or as big as possible
All Mexican all the time!
Food as big as your face!
BONUS: There are many margs to be had.
Seattle: fresh, local, sustainable, VEG-FRIENDLY
So fresh, it’s still alive.
Molly Moon’s! My sophomore year roommate worked there, so we *had* to.
Truth is, as much as I adore Mexican food, one can only have so many greasy cheese-only enchiladas in a city that doesn’t understand why you wouldn’t want a huge bloody chunk of cow on your plate. Seattle was all about local sourcing, which I’m all for, and I don’t remember seeing anywhere that DIDN’T have a pretty decent vegetarian option on the menu. Sign me up.
San Antonio: two-stepping, walking around malls, and floating on the river
Seattle: biking (EVERYWHERE), walking (everywhere you can’t bike), paddle boarding, wind surfing, [insert various other water sports, etc.]
Pike’s Place strollin’
Follow the leader… up a mountain of stairs
And I wonder why I’m not getting in any better shape here…
San Antonio: Tower of the Americas
Seattle: the Space Needle
Surprise Fact: The Tower of the Americas wins the heigh contest by just 17 feet.
POLITICAL VIEWS — nothing too taboo for this blog!
San Antonio: Texas, as a whole, is super-de-duper conservative, minus the liberal bubble that is Austin. One of the hot button issues that’s been ongoing since I’ve moved here is Planned Parenthood vs. a restrictive Texas abortion law, which you can read the updates on, if you so please. Spoiler: women’s rights are not the current victor.
Seattle: Same-sex marriage has been legal for almost a full year in Washington state, as has recreational use of marijuana. There are, of course, tons of other issues to be considered, but you can draw a general conclusion from that one statement.
Found in Seattle’s Urban Outfitters – I rest my case.
San Antonio: The city is a huge circle with few ways to distinguish sectors; usually it’s done with cardinal directions (i.e. I live in northwest San Antonio). Everything runs together and, besides Downtown, looks like a continuous strip mall.
Seattle: Like Pittsburgh, Seattle has very distinct neighborhoods with their own personalities, essentially making a bunch of mini-cities under the Seattle umbrella. Robby lives in Eastlake, which has its own bars (as you saw), restaurants, markets, shops, and office spaces. You could easily survive without leaving the few-mile radius of your neighborhood, but each area is so unique, why would you want to miss that?
There’s a lot more I could cover, like sports teams and history and nearby attractions, but I think I’ve rambled enough.
From that circular narrative, I hope you could see that we had a grand ol’ time in Seattle! It was nice to remember what seasons feel like, and Seattle’s honestly like the Pittsburgh of the West. I needed some quirkiness back in my life.
This wasn’t really supposed to be a Battle of the Cities, but I guess I can’t help myself. I’m sure you can tell I have my eyes looking beyond the Alamo. Even so, I have at least a year left in San Antone, so I’ll be trying to make the most of it and find some nifty little pockets to show you!