Thursday, November 3, 2016

Portland, Oregon

Seeing as I just posted a Japan Photo diary for you guys, I figured I ought to update this blog with photos of my time in Portland back in September as well! My dearest apologies for the delay. I had every intention of putting up this diary earlier but as you could imagine, my very sudden trip to Japan threw my blogging schedule off a bit. Better late than never though, right? 

As expected, Portland was a gorgeous city that I had a delightful time in. Austin's sister lives up there so we decided to take a week long trip and let her show us all of the lovely things the city has to offer. Looking back on it now, the area reminds me a lot of Kyoto in the sense that it is a beautiful blend of chaotic meets calm. While the city of Portland is a bustling, lively metropolis with plenty of breweries, hip coffee shops, record stores and the cutest boutiques, it's also surrounded with lush forestry and greenery that seems to go on for as far as the eye can see. The air is fresh, the trees are gorgeous and the sky is clear at night. It's not often that you get to visit a place that gives you the best of both worlds like that but Portland manages to do so effortlessly. Speaking of which, the three of us took a side trip from the trip to enjoy nature a bit more and do some actual camping in Bend, Oregon. Bend was another lovely little town to visit, and while it wasn't as large as Portland, it still definitely had a unique charm to it that made it such a joy to explore. One of my favorite aspects of Portland was its abundance of cider. I'll be completely honest with you guys and fill you in on a little detail about my drinking preferences: I do not like beer. As much I have truly tried to like it, I really cannot stand the taste of it. Like.....I'm sorry guys, but it literally tastes so bad to me. There have been maybe a few rare exceptions where I could tolerate downing a small glass, but aside from that, I really am just not a fan. On one hand, this is a good thing because I save both my wallet and my waistline from the consequences that can come with constant beer consumption. On the other, it can be a bit of a bummer when you're going out with friends for casual drinks and have nothing to enjoy yourself. That's why I really liked Portland's night scene. There is hard cider served everywhere, and I for one definitely like cider. It was awesome (and a little overwhelming) having so many cider selections to choose from - here in LA, the cider selections for a typical night out are definitely limited. What really blew my mind were the cider breweries. We went to Reverand Nat's Cider Brewery in Portland and Atlas Cider Company in Bend and I absolutely loved the drinks served at each one. They were all delicious, and being able to try so many varieties of cider in general was definitely a unique and wonderful experience.

Overall, I had a really great time in Portland. Lots of good food, drinks, coffee, and sights - what more can you ask for? There were even a few rainy days too! And as a Californian, that is an unfortunately rare sight to see. It had been quite some time since I had experienced a rainy day, so being able to be all cozy and warm with my fashion choices for once was definitely fun (and long overdue). My week there flew by far too fast, but thankfully it's only a short plane ride away for the next time I go back. Until then, Portland!

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