Still in Portland

Portland is awesome.  I could easily see myself living here if it weren’t for the bad weather 9 months out of the year.

I have had a great time so far.  Here are a few interesting points about my stay here in Portland:

  • I’ve been here for 12 days, and in that time, I haven’t seen a single person here that I have known prior to these 12 days.  I’ve constantly been hanging out with lots of people I just met.  It feels strange that I’ve only known my oldest friend in Portland for 12 days.
  • People are really friendly here.  It feels like a much more laid back atmosphere.
  • No sales tax in Oregon.  Its nice knowing exactly how much you will pay for things before you buy them.  Also, it dramatically cuts down on pocket change, since most prices are pretty even ($6.00 flat instead of $6.52)
  • No self-service gas stations here either!  I don’t feel comfortable letting someone else pump my gas.  Are you supposed to tip??
  • You can’t buy liquor in grocery stores.  I guess that is what liquor stores are for.
  • Most things are more affordable.  This includes groceries, gas, rent, real estate, etc.  I’ve met several young people (1-2 years out of college) that own their own house or condo here in Portland.
  • Drivers aren’t as crazy.  Although this may sound like a good thing, people constantly give up their right-of-way which can really slow traffic down.
  • Portland is strongly pro-bicycle.  There are lots of bike routes, however I see fewer cyclists than I would expect.  I ride my bike most places, and it works famously.
  • I went to a fashion show downtown.  A girl I met invited me along, and it was surprisingly a ton of fun!
  • I rode my bike to Vancouver.  Vancouver Washington, that is.  See the picture below.
  • The gym I have been going to is amazing.  It is 9 bucks a week, gigantic, with tons of brand new equipment, and hardly anyone there.  I go every day because showering at the gym is so much more convenient than showering in the Rialta.

Here are some random pictures:

View of Mt. Hood

Rode my bike down the bike path in the middle of the freeway all the way into Vancouver, Washington.

Some random waterfall/pool/park thing downtown.  Seemed like it was really dangerous.

I think I’ll hang around Portland for at least another week.  I really like the people I’ve been hanging out with, and it will be sad to leave them all behind!


1 Response » to “Still in Portland”

  1. Therese Noonan says:

    Wow, I’m glad to hear that you’re having such a great time. It’s been a really great idea to stay in a place for 3-4 weeks.

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