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    Seattle - a brief overview

    Europeans tend to think mostly of Seattle as the home of Nirvana and Frasier. Its skyline is also one of America’s most recognisable thanks to the unique Space Needle. There’s a lot more to one of the North West’s most important cities, of course, whose alternative spirit has led to boldly unique districts and a lively bar circuit.

    It is also the birthplace of Starbucks and Microsoft, while Boeing’s jets are constructed just up the road. Known as the Rainy City, Seattle sprawls across several hills towards Elliott Bay, which in turn seeps out into the Pacific. And with mountains to the east, there’s plenty of natural beauty to enjoy.

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    Space Needle

    400 Broad Street
    WA 98109 Seattle
    USA
    Tel: 206 905 2100
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thurs 0930-2300
    Fri-Sat 0900-2330
    Sun 0900-2300

    Apart from offering 360-degree views of the city, the iconic Space Needle is a 1960s vision of the future. From its 160-metre high observation deck it’s possible to see across the city, from the mountains to downtown and across Elliott Bay.

    Olympic Sculpture Park

    2901 Western Avenue
    WA 98121 Seattle
    USA
    Tel: 206 654 3100
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    This free park full of weird and wonderful sculptures was opened by the Seattle Art Museum in 2007 with striking forms in steel, bronze and fiberglass amidst the greenery.

    Seattle Art Museum

    1300 1st Avenue
    WA 98101 Seattle
    USA
    Tel: 206 654 3100 
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    Opening times:
    Wed and Fri-Sun 1000-1700
    Thurs 1000-2100

    Situated in the heart of Downtown, SAM has been an art beacon since 1933 with a truly eclectic range of art, from Native American and Australian aboriginal to Islamic and contemporary works.

    Seattle Monorail

    370 Thomas Street, Suite 200
    WA 98109 Seattle
    USA
    Tel: 206 905 2620
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0730-2300
    Sat-Sun 0830-2300

    Connecting downtown Seattle with the city centre, this is America’s first commercial monorail and one of the symbols of the city.

    Pioneer Square

    Pioneer Square, 1st Avenue
    WA 98104 Seattle
    USA
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    Seattle’s so-called first neighbourhood, Pioneer Square is the historical nucleus of the city with buildings in the Renaissance Revival style, plus some classic restaurants and shops.

    Seattle Great Wheel

    1301 Alaskan Way
    WA 98101 Seattle
    USA
    Tel: 206 623 8607
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thurs 1100-2200
    Fri 1100-0000

    Protruding into Elliott Bay at the end of the pier, this enormous wheel is more than 50m (164ft) high and a local favourite.

    Fremont Troll

    3405 Troll Avenue North
    WA 98103 Fremont
    USA

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    The quirkiest spot in Seattle with strange statues and shops, Fremont also features the city’s famous stone troll hulking under the George Washington Memorial Bridge.

    EMP Museum

    325 5th Avenue North
    WA 98105 Seattle
    USA
    Tel: 206 770 2700
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    With installations and exhibits inspired by contemporary pop culture, this unique and fascinating museum is renowned in the worlds of film and music.

    Boeing factory

    8415 Paine Field Blvd
    WA 98275 Seattle
    USA
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    Opening times:
    Tours twice daily

    The Future of Flight tour lets you see Boeing jets being built in a huge building, which at more than 13 million cubic meters is the world’s largest.

    Washington State Ferries

    Seattle Ferry Terminal
    WA 98104 Seattle
    USA
    Tel: 888 808 7977
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    It’s essential to take one of the state ferries for a view of Seattle’s skyline and the downtown waterfront.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of 12,000-year-old Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.

    Geography

    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

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    Key facts

    Population: 317297725

    Population Density (per sq km): 32

    Capital: Washington, DC.

    Language

    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorties (10.7%).

    Currency

    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    General business opening hours

    Business hours are officially Mon-Fri 0900-1730, although an extended working day is very common in certain sectors and it is not unusual for people to be working well into the night or over the weekend.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 20. January 2014
    Presidents’ Day: 17. February 2014
    Memorial Day: 26. May 2014
    Independence Day: 04. July 2014
    Labour Day: 01. September 2014
    Columbus Day: 13. October 2014
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2014
    Thanksgiving Day: 17. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 19. January 2015
    Presidents’ Day: 16. February 2015
    Memorial Day: 25. May 2015
    Independence Day: 04. July 2015
    Labour Day: 07. September 2015
    Columbus Day: 12. October 2015
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2015
    Thanksgiving Day: 26. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Seattle

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    The birthplace of grunge music and one of the country’s jazz beacons, Seattle is known for its musical vigour and independent spirit.

    Its night scene is a mix of speakeasy-style bars, rock dives and classy cocktail joints.

    Cafe Racer

    5828 Roosevelt Way NE
    WA 98105 Seattle
    USA
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    Little more than a hole-in-the-wall bar, Cafe Racer has live music that leans towards the experimental. Great place to stop in for a few beers.

    Tavern Law

    1406 12th Avenue
    WA 98122 Seattle
    USA
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    Channelling the spirit of 1920s speakeasies, Tavern Law is the hippest – and best quality – cocktail bar in town.

    Q Nightclub

    1426 Broadway
    WA 98122 Seattle
    USA
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    Atop Capitol Hill, the huge club Q is a must-visit for electronica lovers and all-night ravers.

    Clever Bottle

    2222 2nd Avenue Suite 100
    WA 98121 Seattle
    USA
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    Quietly sophisticated, this wine bar has an impressive range of North West bottles, as well as cocktails using local spirits.

    The Royal Room

    5000 Rainier Avenue South
    WA 98118 Seattle
    USA
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    A little way from downtown in the eclectic district known as Columbia City, The Royal Room is a cool, laid-back venue with live jazz and blues.

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    Restaurants in Seattle

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    Seattle boasts a flourishing culinary scene, with new hip venues and concept restaurants opening to challenge the classic dining options.

    As with other things in this city, you’ll find a streak of irreverence running through its gastronomy.

    Barolo Ristorante

    1940 Westlake Avenue
    WA 98101 Seattle
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    People flock here for the buzzy atmosphere, but Barolo also hosts the best Italian food in town, including the wonderful gnocchi in pheasant sauce.

    Ma’Ono Fried Chicken and Whisky

    4437 California Avenue South West
    WA 98116 Seattle
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    Formerly the fine-dining venue of Spring Hill, chef-owner Mark Fuller relaunched it as a high-end and enormously popular fried chicken joint in 2012.

    Sitka and Spruce

    1531 Melrose Avenue
    WA 98122 Seattle
    USA
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    Price: Moderate

    With a classy interior, this restaurant is one of the finest in the trendy Pike-Pine corridor. Dishes such as beer-fried smelt are based on local ingredients.

    Tilikum Place Cafe

    407 Cedar Street
    WA 98121 Seattle
    USA
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    Price: Moderate

    With an elegant interior and menu, this classy restaurant looks out to the fountain statue of Chief Sealth, whom the city is named after.

    The Walrus and the Carpenter

    4743 Ballard Avenue North West
    WA 98107 Seattle
    USA
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    Price: Cheap

    The best stop in Seattle for seafood is this light-filled and airy restaurant with fantastic oysters, prawns and trout.

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    Bumbershoot

    30 August – 1 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Seattle Center.

    Held annually over the Labor Day Weekend, the Bumbershoot Festival first took place in the 1970s and has become one of the biggest and best-loved festivals in Seattle’s summer calendar. Primarily a music festival, Bumbershoot also features a great line-up of alternative acts and entertainment including comedy, dance, film, visual arts, theatre and literary performances. A great event for visitors of all ages, there are also plenty of children’s events, arts and crafts markets and food stalls. This hugely popular event attracts well over 150,000 visitors each year.

    Washington State Fair

    5 – 21 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Washington State Fair, Puyallup.

    Held 58km (36 miles) south of Seattle in Puyallup, the Washington State Fair is one of the 10 largest fairs in the world. Over two weeks, crowds pack the fairground to hear big-name popstars, watch cowboys in action in the rodeo, check out circus acts, spin around on crazy rides, and chomp on elephant ears (sugar and cinnamon-covered deep-fried dough). There are a vast number of animals on display, along with agricultural and horticultural exhibits and cultural demonstations.

    Fremont Oktoberfest

    19 – 21 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Fremont, with the entrance located at the junction of Phinney Avenue North and North 35th Street.

    Featuring the biggest beer garden in the Northwest and over 100 microbrews and craft beers, the Fremont Oktoberfest is a fun-filled and charming event with events and attractions for all the family. Among the ingredients of this Oktoberfest are a 5K beer run, live Seattle bands, Dogtoberfest Sunday, a kids’ area with zucchini (courgette) racing, and the incredible spectacle of the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving.

    Dine Around Seattle

    1 – 30 November 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various restaurants in Seattle.

    Started in 2001, Seattle’s successful, bi-annual dining promotion (March and November) offers diners a chance to enjoy prix-fixe dinners and lunches at some of Seattle’s top fine-dining establishments. Prices do not include drinks, tax or tip and each restaurant decides whether they want to offer lunch, dinner or both, but all meals feature three courses with choice selection among starters, mains and desserts.

    Christmas Ship Festival

    29 November – 23 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various waterfront locations around Puget Sound.

    Argosy Cruises’ festively lit boats sail to over 45 different Puget Sound waterfront communities in the run-up to Christmas each year. On-board choirs entertain each community with a short performance broadcast over loud speakers. At every location, large crowds gather on the shore to watch while other illuminated boats add to the floating parade. You can also buy tickets to travel on the ship itself.

    Northwest Flower & Garden Show

    11 – 15 February 2015
    Website

    Venue: Washington State Convention Center.

    The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is five days of gardening fun, live music and food and wine that will entertain the whole family. Expect a wide range of spectacular show gardens on display put together by expert florists, gardeners and designers. There is also a great flower market, and several gardening professionals are available to share tips, tricks and ideas at over 100 seminars. And there is a section for the kids as well. A very popular feature is the floral contest, attracting plenty of local talent each year.

    Lunar New Year Festival

    19 – 28 February 2015
    Website

    Venue: Hing Hay Park, Maynard Avenue South and South King Street.

    Thousands of families gather each year in Seattle’s International District to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a day of cultural events. Entertainment includes lion and dragon dances, Taiko drumming, martial arts and a children’s costumed parade. There’s also the chance to try out calligraphy and origami or keep the kids busy with face painting, balloons and games. The food walk gives you the chance to sample edible goodies from local restaurants for a small charge.

    Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival

    24 – 26 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Seattle Center.

    A celebration of Japanese culture with dance, music, colourful costumes, martial arts and tea ceremonies. There are Taiko drumming displays, artisan demonstrations and food stalls dishing up Japanese delicacies from curry-rice to octopus dumplings to Manju sweets. The festival was founded after Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Miki gave Seattle 1,000 cherry trees on the occasion of the USA’s bicentenary.

    Northwest Folklife Festival

    22 – 24 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Seattle Center.

    A celebration of folk music, art, dance and stories, the Northwest Folklife Festival has been entertaining fans since 1972. As well as a packed programme of performances encompassing the region’s ethnic and cultural diversity, there’s a family zone with hands-on activities, crafts, singing, dancing and games. Each year also has a special cultural focus centred on a particular group or community.

    Seattle International Film Festival

    16 June – 24 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various cinemas.

    Screening a great programme of over 400 features, shorts, documentaries and animation films, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is one of the biggest events of its kind in the USA and one of the most influential film festivals in the world. Over more than three weeks, it attracts thousands of visitors ranging from film professionals to students of the art form. Celebrating the art of the moving image, the event aims to inform, educate and entertain its audiences.

    Fremont Fair

    20 – 22 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Most activities take place west of Fremont Avenue North on North 35th Street and North 34th Street/Canal Street.

    Each year the community of Fremont celebrates the Summer Solstice with a weekend programme of free events and entertainment spanning art, music, dance and performance. Music is performed on three different stages and the festival site is bursting with activities and entertainment ranging from yoga and art workshops to the lavish Fremont Solstice Parade. Although entry is free, the event aims to raise money to help support non-profit Fremont organisations.

    Bite of Seattle

    18 – 20 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Seattle Center.

    Bite of Seattle is a three-day food festival at the Seattle Center that ranks among the most popular of the city’s summer events. An estimated 75,000 people attended the first Bite in 1982, with only 25 restaurants taking part. It now attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and hosts over 50 restaurants and more than 30 food producers. Food is no longer the only attraction and there is now live music, cooking demonstrations and family entertainment too.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Seattle

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    As you’d expect of one of the most important cities in the North West, Seattle has an abundance of top-quality hotels.

    Many of the big international chains are here, but there are also some old classic hotels with historic architecture that are worth considering.

    Hyatt at Olive 8

    1635 8th Avenue
    WA 98101 Seattle
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    The recently built hotel has a terrific gym and glorious pool, plus impressive views of the city.

    Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

    2125 Terry Avenue
    WA 98121 Seattle
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    Opened in 2006, this plush hotel looms above historic South Lake Union and is within walking distance from downtown.

    MarQueen Hotel

    600 Queen Anne Avenue North
    WA 98109 Seattle
    USA
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    Category: Moderate

    Dating back to 1918, this grand hotel is perched on a hill in the upmarket Queen Anne district with hardwood floors and classic furnishings.

    Hotel Deca

    4507 Brooklyn Avenue North East
    WA 98105 Seattle
    USA
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    Category: Moderate

    Originally opened as the Edmond Meany Hotel in 1931 as part of a national art deco exhibition, Deca was triumphantly restored in 2007 to its original glory.

    Hampton Inn Seattle-Airport

    19445 International Boulevard
    WA 98188 Seattle
    USA
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    Category: Cheap

    This 130-room hotel based at Seattle Airport is a comfortable stopping point for those arriving at awkward hours.

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    Climate & best time to visit the United States of America

    The United States has varied weather conditions, and the best time to visit depends both upon the location and the season. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September and October) are generally cooler, more comfortable times to visit. Summer months – June, July, and August – are generally hot regardless of the region, but winter temperatures (November-February) can vary substantially depending upon the part of the US you are visiting. The southern part of the country tends to be warmer in the winter than the north. The general climate of the continental US is temperate, but keep in mind that Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic. Many of the country’s dependent territories, such as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, are also tropical.

    Summer is considered the peak tourist season throughout the country; other popular travel times are major American holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Easter Week and the school holiday known as Spring Break. Certain destinations, such as New York, are perennial favourites and are busy year-round; even when the weather may not be pleasant, these destinations have particular attractions or experiences that always draw travellers. In some parts of the country, travel services may be limited during the low or off-season, largely due to weather conditions.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1

    Telephone

    For emergency police, fire or medical services in major cities, dial 911. The following codes denote toll-free (freephone) numbers: 800, 855, 866, 877 and 888.

    Mobile Telephone

    Foreign mobile telephones only work if they are tri-band or quad-band; charges are high. Visitors can also hire a mobile telephone. Pre-pay cell phones can be purchased from a variety of retail outlets, including drug stores.

    Internet

    There are internet cafés in most urban areas, and an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots. Many coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Many of the international airports offer internet access too.

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    Shopping in Seattle

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    Key Areas

    The popular high-street chains can be found in the downtown shopping area around 4th and 5th avenues. For boutiques and independent shops, head to the northern Ballard and affluent Queen Anne districts. Vintage shops abound in Capitol Hill.

    Markets

    Pike Place Market has being going since 1907 and boasts a formidable farmers market, with superb fresh fish. The Sunday market in Fremont is said to be the city’s oldest and is known for delightful oddness.

    Shopping Centres

    Famous department stores Macy’s and Nordstrom can be found downtown.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.

    Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting. A relaxed and informal atmosphere is usually the norm. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need be no fear of offending anyone of any background.

    Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.

    As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require more formal attire.

    Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public places.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.

    Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or to religious requirements.

    Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however, both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.

    Other Risks

    The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness) and H1N1 have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all types of illness.

    Another concern with regard to safety is the possibility of terrorist attacks such as the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. City, state, and federal agencies have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place, however, and direct threats are infrequent.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Omri Dr. Touboul
    Swedish Hospital
    1229 Madison Street Suite 820
    Seattle
    Washington 98104
    USA
    Tel. +1-2062-152111

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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