I’ve been in Portland just a few days but this city has made such an impression. Cars here stop for pedestrians and no one honks their horns. It’s a very special place and it’s made me wonder.
Is there anything wrong with this city?
I’m a bleeding liberal at heart so I don’t mind the hippies and I find the hipsters amusing. This city has grown on me so quickly and I can see why so many people fall for it.
Portland is such a small city but the public transportation is amazing. One of the most annoying expenses traveling is coming from the airport but Portland makes it easy. The number of cyclists in the city is also pretty impressive, this is a city focused on alternative transportation.
It may be weird to say but hearing or seeing Spanish is very comforting to me. I’m still very much only a beginner in my ability to speak it but somehow it’s familiar and I like hearing and seeing it. The language I learned to love and change my life in so hearing it is a reminder of who I really am. Here in Portland I’ve noticed Spanish all over the place, although oddly enough no Spanish-speaking people.
Portland has such a commitment to sustainable food, so crazy that the Portlandia clip is not too far from the truth. With street carts and farmer’s markets dotting the city, despite not liking Voodoo Doughnuts, it’s an amazing place to eat.
Powell’s Book Store
I grew up with a love of books and it was the hardest thing to sell before I left for Mexico over two years ago. I now read from a Kindle but have such heart for book stores. Powell’s is incredible, not only is it the biggest store I’ve visited but it also supports local writers who self-publish. You could spend a lot of time here.
But I have realized there is one thing unsettling about this city, nearly everyone is white. It’s kind of creepy, especially coming from a city so diverse as Toronto. One of the reasons I was okay with no longer being nomadic is because you can experience so many different cultures in one city. I like Portland a lot, and it’s a city I’ll visit again but I won’t be tempted to move here like so many others.