Portland - A breath of fresh air. Very fresh...

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
Trip End Jun 29, 2007

Loading Map
Map your own trip!
Map Options
Show trip route
Hide lines

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Friday, April 20, 2007

Portland is, on the whole, a pretty town. I arrive in Spring as the trees are budding up and the bulbs are flowering. There are verdant green lawns everywhere and people can wash their cars with hoses on driveways. The air is still brisk - 50F today with a definite chill in the air but the locals arerejoicing at the sight of sunshine.

My accommodation is extremely warm and comfortable. Bed wass welcome last night and sleep was broken briefly only once. Today has been a full day with no sign of jet-lag.

My host, Catharine, and I have walked around a neighbourhood that looks like it came from any typical American family movie.

I absorb cultural differences as we did odd jobs... the bank is one large open space of counters and desks (with lounge chairs around a fireplace too) and not one security screen. The one security guard was a woman of grandmotherly age. Seemed strange for a country with so much crime and access to guns.

The Brotherhood bin is not a bin in a car park at all, but a drive through shopfront where you can get a receipt to the value that you placed on your old clothes for claiming as a tax deduction.

The basic TV range is 70 channels and there is still nothing to watch. And I will never get used to driving on the wrong side of the road or being allowed to turn through red lights!

This afternoon we visited the Bullseye glass factory - the main raison d'etre in Portland. We are given a tour of the factory and I am then left to ponder what to buy and ship home. A tough decision with so much choice here, compared to options in Melbourne. The chance for a 50% discount to wholesale rates for a bulk order will only compound the decision-making anguish!

Friday is a scenic drive to Hood River in the surrounding countryside and Saturday is a visit to the local farmers' market and the city's main glass gallery in deteriorating wet weather.

Dinner with 'the girls' completes the night.

Sunday has been spent as the opposite to Friday - that other American pastime... shopping! We inadvertently stumble across a DFO-style shoe outlet with the likes of STEVE MADDEN shoes at mark-down prices! And they are cheap to start with! Nothing like Melbourne prices, should you be able to find them in Chapel Street boutiques. And what a range! All girls will understand the excitement here.

Looking forward to New York...
Slideshow Report as Spam
  • Your comment has been posted. Click here or reload this page to see it below.

  • You must enter a comment
  • You must enter your name
  • You must enter a valid name (" & < > \ / are not accepted).
  • Please enter your email address to receive notification
  • Please enter a valid email address

Use this image in your site

Copy and paste this html: