I've seen a lot of threads about the Seattle area, so I figured I'd pollute this forum with another one.
I'm moving to Puget Sound (near Bellevue) starting next month for a summer internship and have inquiries about various topics. I'm going to have much more disposable income and time than I'm used to, so I'm trying to fill it up with actual productive/fun activities rather than fueling my typical self-destructive and reclusive tendencies. Never been to Seattle, so figured asking questions here is better than parachuting blindly into foreign terrain.
* Public Transportation (i.e., I don't have a car):
How is the public transportation to and fro Seattle and Bellevue and within the respective cities? I'm not expecting to own a car, and will be commuting within Bellevue for the majority of time. But, I do wish to visit Seattle on the weekends and possibly in the evenings during the week. Am I in for a lot of pain? Also, how does it work? Should I get like a monthly pass or whatever? Where do I buy these?
* Getting my first driver's license (segued from previous question):
Due to a variety of shitty factors, I'm one of those people who never got around to getting their license. I've gotten a permit multiple times, and generally know how to drive, but could never coordinate a driving test. Would this be feasible to achieve in Washington within the course of three months? Is it worth it?
I'm not going to bring my bike, but would very much like to cycle to work and for fun. Is there somewhere you can rent a bike for three months or borrow one for free? How bike-able is Bellevue?
- Hiking/Outdoors: I'm really into mountain biking, so if there are nice places to do that I would like to know. Also, what parks are generally nice to go hiking and such?
- Bellevue: am I going to be bored out of my skull in Bellevue? Or is it generally self-sufficient in terms of, you know, doing stuff. I'm the type of guy who is usually pretty satisfied with a decent movie theater, non-shitty bookstores, and a coffee shop.
- Cultural: Museums/landmarks I should visit?
- Food: I'm a huge foodie, so pretty much anything that's good or unique to Seattle.
* PA: I know PA HQ is around there, and obviously that doesn't mean I can just walk up and stalk their offices (although....). But are there any PA-oriented social activities to partake in? I know it's a generally decent community so I thought I might ask.
* LGBTQ: I know it's a fairly progressive/liberal city, so this is kind of a no-brainer. But, I'm not really into the bar scene (also, I don't drink); was wondering if there is any very low-key events to just meet people in the LGBT community.
* Drawing classes/cartooning: I'm an absolute n00b when it comes to drawing. I've no pretensions of going on Strip Search next week or anything, but wish to develop rudimentary skills to be able to communicate ideas visually and/or comical way. Are there any open classes anywhere that offer this that I could take in my free time?