Tacoma - The Glass Hub of United States
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
Someone so aptly said that and I am the first to put such pearls of wisdom to practice. It was the beginning of summers in late April of 2016 when I found myself in the middle of countless client workshops and maze of corridors at the client headquarters in Tacoma, Washington. I was visiting the United States as part of a client engagement and had ended up being in Tacoma, a suburb about an hour away from Seattle, for most of the two weeks, I was in the country. Now, the touristy worm within me could not avoid me being in Seattle for the weekends (about which you can read more at – Link to Seattle Blog). However, living by the saying above, I decided that weekdays cannot be about work alone too. Hence, I had a list of places to be covered in the town during one of the sunny days through the working weeks.
Next few days were devoted purely to work and we had lots of meetings and loads of tasks. On Wednesday, we went for a team outing to the Forum and had a light dinner. Thursday brought with it – good news in more ways than one. It was a beautiful sunny morning and the day promised brightness and light. It was such a good weather to roam and explore the city and we did not want to spend it in the confluence of meeting rooms. Pondering on fitting everything on our mind within the hours of the day, we got a pop up on our screen which lightened all of us – due to a client conflict, our afternoon meeting was canceled. We were on our toes in no time and talked to our manager about the plans. He was all up for it. In fact, to better it up he took us to all the good places in town and showed us around and then dropped us at the waterfront to have the evening to ourselves.
|Piers on the Water Front|
|Chinese Reconcilliation Park|
On Friday, we had meetings in a new town – Gig Harbor which is a small countryside town. Gig Harbor is one of several cities and towns that claim to be "the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula". The Pierce Country town is popularly called the Maritime City and is house to the calmness and serenity of the countryside. Next week, between works I made time to touch upon a few other tourist attractions of the city. This is the city of glass works and hence, one important establishment to cover is the Museum of Glass. This museum showcases beautiful exhibits of art and culture and is dedicated to celebrating studio glass movement through nurturing artists, implementing education, and encouraging creativity. The next point of interest was the Bridge of Glass. The Chihuly Bridge of Glass is Tacoma's stunning link to the Thea Foss Waterway and the Museum of Glass. The 500-feet pedestrian bridge holds three amazing Chihuly glass installations, open to the public 24 hours a day. A look of the bridge and its artifacts in the setting sun could humble the most romantic places in the world. We also found time to squeeze in a quick visit to Point Defiance Park which covers a large area and has a number of gardens, zoo, and an aquarium.