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Travel Diaries: Portland

July 9, 2018

Over Memorial weekend, my college best friend, Kristina, and I reunited in Portland! She flew from NYC and I flew from the Bay Area. I haven’t seen her for about 3 years since we’ve last seen each other. It’s ridiculous, yes I know, but I’m so glad that we finally got to see each other after so long. We did a mix of things in Portland from nature-related things to tastings to exploring.

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I ended up arriving in Portland earlier than her, so after dropping stuff off at our hotel I explored a bit downtown by myself. I went to get food, and then I went back to our hotel and got some work done. When she got there, it wasn’t too late yet so we headed out to the bar down the street. Chatted, drank, went back to the hotel, slept.

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For the first day, we started out with breakfast from Tin Shed CafΓ©. Then, we took a stroll through the Lan Su Chinese garden. The garden itself wasn’t too big, but they have a room with flowers of different scents. I really enjoyed that. After our stroll, we went to get some afternoon tea at Clockwork Rose Tea Emporiam. The setting was nice but it wasn’t great besides the tea.
Next we headed to Washginton park and visted the Japanese garden and the Rose Garden. Once we got back into Portland, we went to Powell’s Bookstore and wanted to go to the Multnomah Whiskey Library, but the wait was 3 hours long! We ended up going somewhere else instead that night.
The next day,Β  we did the free walking tour, learned about some history of Portland, went to VooDoo doughnuts , stopped by Strumptown coffee for a cup of coffee, Kristina and I split ways for a bit since she wanted to pick up some shoes and I wanted some food. I ended up going to the food trucks and got some noodles. Once we met up again, we visited the Portland Historical Museum. One of the floors were closed though, because they were reconstructioning. The tour guide from the free walking tour recommended to try x’s chocolate flight of drinks. I enjoyed it, but the entire day of eating was really filling and difficult to finish everything.
On our third day, we went to Forest Park to visit witches castle. I didn’t think Witches Castle was that exciting and interesting, but it was a nice walk to get there. Once we got back to Portland, we went to do a tea tasting at Smite Teamaker. I’ve never had a tea flight before, so that was quite intersting. I didn’t end up picking up any tea after the tasting though. Part of me wanted to, but the tea variety that they had wasn’t too special from normal places. After or tea place, we walked to Salt & Straw to get ice cream. The line was long, but the season flavors were worth the wait.
Β For dinner, we had Italian at x and I got the butter pasta. We ended up going back to Powell’s to sit around and relax before heading to Jones’, a bar lounge that plays 90s music.
For our last full day in Portland, we headed to Multnomah falls. Sadly, all the trails were closed due to a fire last year. I wished there was some notice about it when we bought our bus tickets.
Our last day in Portland, we ventured downtown. Started off with some brunch at Mother’s Bistro, got some more ice cream, coffee, voodoo donuts, and headed to the airport.

Portland was fun, but I think we could have squeeze Seattle in as well. Probably wouldn’t have been able to explore all of Seattle, but that would have been nice! Next time.Hopefully, Kristina and I will be reunited sooner than 3 years!

Have you visited Portland? What are your favorite spots? Would love to hear about it!



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