Portland, Oregon

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Last week, Whitney went to the American Geriatrics Society Conference in Portland. I joined her on Thursday night and we spent the next three days wandering around. On Friday, I spent all morning at Powell’s Books and meandered around town waiting for her to finish the conference. That night, our friend and her sister joined the party. We frequented Pok Pok, a restaurant recommended by many Lyft drivers and a brewery afterwards.

On Saturday, after eating a delicious vegan brunch, we went to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm outside of town. It was definitely the highlight of the whole weekend.

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We went to the famous Salt and Straw afterwards for some delectable ice cream and moseyed around Nob Hill checking out the cute boutiques. We walked through the Pearl District on the way home, with a quick jaunt to Cascade Brewing before heading back. That night, we went to Afuri for dinner. I had the most amazing vegan hazelnut based ramen EVER!

On Sunday, we walked to Voodoo Donuts for breakfast #1 before heading to Powell’s Books (Yes, that is trip #2 for me. I have ten new books to prove it). Then we found a local delicatessen for breakfast #2. Before finding the original Wishing Tree as seen below, we mistakenly visited another “wishing tree” of sorts. Oops! The Wishing Tree is in a beautiful neighborhood that mandated a purposeless stroll. So we did.

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Sunday afternoon was filled with countless breweries, patio drinks, and endless food along Mississippi Avenue. For the extent of our walking around Portland, I have very few photos to show for it. I was too busy with a cocktail in hand and conversation on my lips to think about capturing the moment.

With the innumerable places we want to see, we rarely ever visit the same place twice. Given that this was our second trip to Portland, I felt more relaxed and carefree about where and what we saw since I had already seen the highlights. This time around, I could just sit, enjoy the vibe of the place, and soak in the weirdness of Portland without any worries about seeing it all. I must say, I could get use to this!


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