Monday, October 14, 2013

PDX, will you marry me?

Just back from four fantastic days in Portland.  Oh Portland - I would SO marry you, but if all we can manage is a dirty weekend a few times a year, I will take it.

I was lucky enough to be invited along on the PDX adventure of dear pals A & J.  I've been to the city a couple of times before, but this time I really felt I got into the nitty gritty of this fantastic city, thanks to A's planning and their knowledge of the fun and quirky and caffeinated wonders the city has to offer.     From the PSU farmers market, to the bizarre urban goat yard, coffee roasters/baristas that take incredible (and justified) pride in their product, the quirky heritage home extravaganza that is Hippo, to beer and cheese festivals, to happy hours that were...well, happy...and great food throughout - there is no shortage of things to love. Oh - and the tax-free lifestyle is pretty easy to get used to.  As are coffee shops that have nibbles that are great - and $1.  ONE DOLLAR.  Nirvana.

I've said it before but I will say it again - if I were 25 yrs younger, I'd be living there and going to PSU, probably drinking way too much coffee and getting way too many tattoos.  The place is a hot spot of hipster culture, but somehow it dodges the annoying attitude you find in Vancouver.  There is something genuine and engaged about the young people there.  And I must say there are some gorgeous tattoos, on gorgeous people.

I will be back, my PDX love.  And if I'm good, and improve my cryptic crossword skills, maybe the best tour guides ever will invite me along again :)

And in other news, the bunkle is in the midst of getting a bit of a more giant cherry tree, which seems to be making the whole house blush.  Not quite finished, but close.  The big reveal when it's all done, promise.

(And I'm not sure what is going on with this crazy oversized font...sigh.)


Anonymous said...

More Pdx trips juntos, je promets, bella. So very much fun. Despite run ins with sidewalls

grayelf xo

Goobia said...

Oh, Jan! I forgot about your blog!! Maybe I forgot because I was a bit intimidated--you always did these things so much better than I ever did!
I think though, if I had been reading your blog and saw your instagrams (which I also cannot do!!)I might not have fallen into the terrible fight with my sister on facebook!
I always fondly remember you making the scrapbook of your trip to England and doing those cute little paw prints around your photos!

Goobia said...

Oh Jan!! I forgot all about your blog. I think I might have forgot because your skills at so many of these things always intimidated me!
Your PDX will you marry me post was so good!
I think if I had been reading your blog all along I might not have got into my terrible facebook fight with my sister.
I always will remember fondly your lovely scrapbook of your trip to England that you made here in Toronto with the cute little kitty paw prints around the photos.