I have been remarkably busy here in Hipster Portland, hitting my pillow always around 10PM and being asleep within a few moments.
Portland is as the title of this post suggests a very hip town. I don’t think that I have ever seen so many vegan/organic places or a food aisle that long with just organic products. I’m still very fond of supermarkets, there is a Trader Joe’s nearby that I will probably visit tomorrow to buy snacks for my long train ride.
Yesterday, I spent a good portion of the day with some other people from the hostel watching the Euro Championship. I hated to see Germany lose against France but also felt it coming during the game. Nevertheless, we had a good time. Portland is famous for its microbreweries, so we watched in a local pub. I didn’t try the beer though as it was noon and I had planned to do more sightseeing later.
Powell’s book store
Unfortunately I only made it to Powell’s Bookstore that day. Powell’s is this huge and very famous bookstore with the size of a block (imagine a Karstadt full of books). They actually give you a map for that place as it is oddly sectioned. It took me a while to navigate and after looking for one book for half an hour I asked someone and was handed actual directions! Very friendly staff! I then had to turn around because it started to rain and I hadn’t brought my umbrella (silly me, I was so sure it wouldn’t rain).
I later went to an art festival in the Pearl District with my roommate Julia. This time with an umbrella. Rain in Portland is different from rain at home, very often just a light warm drizzle. Still it becomes annoying after a while.
weird ice cream flavors
Later that night, I joined a group of people to this very special ice cream place where they have all those funny flavors such as olive oil or cinnamon snickerdoodle. It was a very nice dessert!
My day today started a little late, I had just installed Pokemon Go and I am already really addicted. Most of this morning I had to catch Pokemons and level up! It is so much fun!
Portland Art Museum
I then walked over to the Portland Art Museum to get my dose of culture. It’s a neat place, they have a wonderful collection of Native American Art which is of course new to me, but also a smaller collection of European Art (that is on display). The Modern Art is in a connected building which I didn’t expect to be that big. I only took some pictures (plus that very weird selfie).
The rest of the day was spent on a major shopping walk though I ended up ordering half of it on Amazon (thanks Prime!). TBC tomorrow when I hopefully will know more about nice boutiques!
Portland is very very lovely, I like it a lot and would have rather stayed here longer than I did in Seattle. People are so friendly and some actually say hello on the streets.
I will now go on and relax a bit. Maybe catch more Pokemons!
Talk to you soon!
2 thoughts on “Happy in Hipster Portland”
Oh! I forgot to mention in my previous comment that the US West Coast is also on my wish list! Seattle, Portland, San Francisco. For how long did you stay?
Funny that everything you said about Portland (being hipster, caring about healthy food, craft breweries), I heard from a friend from Seattle as well. 🙂
Hi Anja! You should bump it up on your wish list! I had a really good time traveling there – as a solo female traveler and in general. I stayed for 19 days which meant almost one week in each city. You can do the trip in less days but I’m more into taking my time exploring a place. Seattle was all that as well, but felt somehow different for me. I had a really great time there, but Portland felt smaller and more walkable than Seattle.