Hans Einar and I reunited in Seattle where we stayed with Ellen and David, friends from New York whom I hadn’t seen in over 20 years. And, like with most good friends, we just picked up where we left off. We filled each other in on the highlights of the past 20 years over delicious dinners prepared by Ellen and David in a well-honed ballet of kitchen partnership. Hans Einar and I sat at the kitchen bar—aptly named since we usually had a glass of wine in our hand—trying to distract them, but this only strengthened their resolve (although they’ve lived in Seattle for over 20 years, they are still real New Yorkers!).
Ellen and David are food and wine fans and we, being gracious guests, partook of all that was offered us…over, and over again! While there, we celebrated David’s birthday with dinner at an Italian restaurant and a concert evening with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. The Beethoven Triple Concerto was conducted by Thomas Dausgaard, with cello solo by Andreas Bantelid and piano solo by Christian Ihle Hadland, a Dane, a Swede and a Norwegian, respectively. How nice of them to arrange an all-Scandinavian programme in our honour!
We saw many of the sights of Seattle (including what locals refer to as the Space Noodle) but perhaps the most impressive was the Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass, a recently opened showcase for the Washington glass-blowing artist.