After surviving the snowy drive back the five hours to Portland, (commonly referred to as “PDX” by its populates), my host Erin and I freshened up to enjoy her city. Grabbing some local cuisine with friends, we later set
out to my new friend Nate’s birthday bash at a karaoke bar down the street packed with friends. We sang and drank the night away, taking turns at the mic and celebrating each blissful tune to standing ovations. Okay, maybe not, but the often bad singing was met with some genuine good laughs. I think Erin and her friend Colleen’s rendition of Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” topped the charts.
The next morning Erin and I set out to explore the city in
unusually sunshiny weather. We joined people of all kinds as we waited outside a popular brunch venue, ‘Jam’, sipping complimentary coffee with strangers
turned friends. Over the next few days I would realize the great vibe this city possesses – laid back folks (mostly younger) with eclectic styles congregate at one of a kind restaurants, cafes, bookstores, and re-sale shops which line the streets carrying bicycle-riding patrons to their destinations no matter the weather. After a delicious meal at ‘Jam’, I enjoyed our walk around the cute neighborhoods and then the Saturday market by the river where trinkets and toys are sold at every turn. We joined Colleen and Nate for a beer and snack before touring the campus of Portland State University where they study. All the walking found us begging for respite which we found at an outdoor hookah joint where we smoked fruity concoctions in a pretty green garden and laughed the afternoon away.
We threw on dresses for a night out on the town – first enjoying cocktails and homemade dishes at a house party for a friend where we pretended to be classy in the art-filled penthouse apartment. A drastic change in scenery brought us to the city center and a full out drag show bar. The drag queens performed all night, taking turns lip-synching popular hits and donning outrageous costumes and wigged tresses. We took to the dance floor ourselves quite a few times and before we knew it the night was over.
The next day our group ventured outside the city to wine
country, which I will write about in the next post – but my final day in Portland was one I enjoyed solo. Since Erin had school and work all day, I went out on my own where I read in a cozy café, shopped at the many re-sale shops for vintage garbs, and strolled the impressive bookstore. I took the rent a car into the city center and drove around aimlessly – stopping and walking around when I
saw something that struck my eye. One notable event was my trip to the famed ‘Voo Doo Donuts’where I tried the popular bacon and maple frosting donut much to
I returned the rental car and met up with Nate for a tram ride up to the top of the mountain which boasted views of the cityscape lined with mountains. We enjoyed dinner at a trendy place known for its fresh oyster shots and succulent frog legs. Yum! On Tuesday I woke up at 5am to take a public bus-train combo to the airport for my flight back east where I was pleasantly surprised with an
upgrade to first class. It was the perfect way to cap a perfect long weekend.
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