Day Seven - Fancy Buildings and Lots of Books
Trip Start Jun 05, 2008
24Trip End Jun 24, 2008
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Today, we were city people. This morning, we headed off to Portland.. A man we talked to on the street (he knew about a humongous statue we were looking at) said that Portland is a "big little city", whereas Seattle is a "little big city". I'm not really sure what the difference is, but when we make it to Seattle and I figure it out, I'll let you know.
I'm pretty sure Portland is a decent town. There was definitely a large arts scene and the Portland Youth Philharmonic was the first youth orchestra in the country. But there was also a beggar for every corner.
We toured the Portland Center for Performing Arts early in the day. We were the only people taking the tour, except the tour guide's niece and nephew. I think she was pretty thrilled to have some actual tourists. We visited some fancy-dancy theaters on that tour. It was very interesting.
After lunch, we walked to Powell's City of Books, the largest independent bookstore in the world. They had 16 different copies of Alice in Wonderland. It was that big. I could've camped there for a week.
Current gas price: $4.29/gallon
Starbucks count: 31
Today's iPod choices: Joshua Bell
Today's reading material: Eloise, USA Today