I went to Tacoma not expecting to love it, but I did. I even caught the MUSEUM on a FREE day!!!
Olympia was an interesting experience. I have been looking forward to coming to this town for the Rebellion ever since I started. I think my expectations were based on something I couldn't find in Olympia this time.
It was also on the heels of the Pride Rebellion, where everyone was friendly and happy. In Olympia, there was a feeling of hopelessness and down and out I have not yet experienced. It colored the rest of my day, including my time in Tacoma.
It is one of those things, when you interact with strangers, you never know what could happen. Sometimes, it is MAGICAL. Sometimes, it just isn't.