Holiday Inn Express Portland (Airport Area)
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All adventure stories start with a day one right? well. this is pseudo day one. I suppose flying around is kind of an adventure, but until I'm on the big jet to Shanghai I wont feel too adventurous. My mind is still rejecting the thought of actually leaving the United States, so I guess I have to wait for reality to set in. That's fine, I'm too tired for reality right now anyway.
Tablet + charger
Kindle + charger
Phone + charger
American Express Card
Kodak Playsport Camcorder X2 + charger
Hard copies of my flight plan and my car rental reservation
A DVD copy of David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis
I will pack these items in my Tumi Alpha tote and my Victorinox suitcase.
... leggit! We went out for fresh air and didn´t go back. We headed to Kelly´s afterwards and to my enternal shame I only scored 5/6 on the steps to pouring a perfect Guiness - only to be corrected by an American, Devastated! Paul filled me in on a bit of Portland trivia. It is home of the Simpsons. The characters are named after streets, i.e. Lovejoy, Flanders, etc. I thought this was fantastic of course. After rubber necking at every street sign ...
... car, with a private booth but a limited choice of food, or the dining cart, where you are put on a table with randomers but have a bigger choice. We opted for the dining cart and settled down to wait and watch out of the window. Laura had bought one of her favourite books in Seattle - USA by rail (I swear she's a bigger anorak than I am) - and proceeded to use it to tell me useful (read: useless) facts about all of the places we were passing/stopping in. We apparently left King ...
... then headed across the road to a much quieter Starbucks for mocha fraps. We picked up our bags from the hostel and started our hike up to the King Street transit centre. It was long but not too painful, the fact that it was all downhill was definitely a bonus (I managed to keep my whining to a minimum). After getting a little bit lost (due to renovations on the station the entrance was, well, saying the entrance was hidden would be ...