Rebels By Bus

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Novice rebels seeking chocolate…

Recently I made a Rebels by Bus presentation to the Zonta Club of Tacoma.  This enthusiastic group of want-to-be adventurers decided to try a bus trip to Theo’s Chocolate in the Fremont district of Seattle.  My friend, Olivia, wrote up their story, which follows. 

Note:  Read more about Theo’s Chocolate Factory in the February 13, 2010 Rebels by Bus post.  Theo’s is also one of the featured trips in the “Three trip brochure”, which you can view and print from the RBB blog.                


A presentation to our Zonta Club of Tacoma from Rebel Mary about Rebels-by-Bus made bus riding sound like a lot of fun.  A few of the members of our club decided we’d make the trip to the Theo’s Chocolate Factory in Fremont.  We carefully researched bus routes and schedules and selected a date to embark on this venture.  Since our members lived in various locations around Pierce County and South King County we made the Federal Way Transit Center our beginning point.  What we weren’t aware, however, that some of the routes and schedules had been changed since our Internet research.

I guess it was pretty obvious that we were all bus-riding novices.  When we were trying to figure where to get off in Seattle, a young man standing near us said that was his departure point and we could just follow him.  We asked if he had been a Boy Scout when he was young and he replied in the affirmative.  We told him we’d get him another badge.

The chocolate factory was very interesting.  I don’t believe any of us actually knew what was involved in making chocolate from cocoa.  We learned a lot and sampled a lot of chocolate.  I could describe the information and tour for you, but then you’d miss out on the fun of discovering it yourself.   And, of course, we couldn’t go home without bags of chocolate.

We had lunch at a place called Roxy’s (462 N. which is said to have the “best hot pastrami sandwich in Seattle”.   Despite having difficulty choosing something from their extensive menu, all of us felt our meal was excellent.   After lunch we happened into the Edge of Glass Gallery & Studio, located at 513 N. 36th, the corner of 36th and Evanston.  In addition to the kind of blown glass you might find anywhere, James Curtis, designer and artist, took the time to demonstrate some of his very unique creations all of which became transformed in pattern and color when covering a light bulb.  It is a must see.

Our return trip from Fremont to downtown Seattle was uneventful, but what a surprise when our “Boy Scout” again appeared to provide directions on our way home.

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