Eri is an intern visiting us from Japan. She and a friend recently visited the Smith Tower and she blogged about her experience.

After school, my friend and I took the link light rail to Pioneer Square and had lunch in a small café. After that, we visited the Smith Tower because my host mother gave me tickets. The Smith Tower is the oldest skyscraper in the city, and it used to be the tallest building on West Coast. I’ve been in the U.S. for 7 months, but this was my first time to visit Smith Tower.

Completed in 1914, the 38-story Smith Tower is the Oldest Skyscraper in Seattle

There were classic elevators in the Smith Tower, which are like the ones you can see in a movie. What impressed me the most was that there was an elevator worker, who operated the elevators. It made me feel very special. We took that elevator to the observation deck, which is located on 35th floor.

The 35th floor had a Chinese-themed style and design to it. As you can see in the picture, the motif of the chair I sat down in is carved into a Chinese dragon, and the wall behind me is covered with flower paintings.  Luckily, it was a beautiful day, so we could look out over the Seattle landscape from every side. We had a clear view of Mt. Rainer and the surrounding mountains and the downtown waterfront.

After leaving the Smith Tower, we went to Starbucks. It was during their Happy Hour, so we got Frappuccinos at half price. We don’t have happy hour in Japan, so I was amazed to get a Frappuccino for such a good deal. I had a new flavor, Café Espresso Frappuccino, which my friend recommended to me.  We enjoyed our coffees and the beautiful weather.

Click here to read Eri's blog in Japanese.

Eri is a student at Highline Community College. She is from Nagoya in Japan which is located in the middle of Japan.  She moved outside of the city to go to university after she graduated high school. Her home university, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, is in Kobe which is famous for Kobe beef and is also Seattle’s sister city. She is a junior student there and is studying English as her major. She first came to the U.S last September to brush up her English skills. Currently, she is majoring in international business.