I had the joy of spending last weekend (Fri-Sun) in Portland, Oregon with 2 of my friends who studied abroad with me together! 🙂 They go to school in Eugene, but drove up to Portland to hang out with me for the weekend. I took the Amtrak from Vancouver to Portland, and it took 8 hours each way. Haha. It was a little brutal, but the round trip ticket was under $100. I might splurge and fly next time though- we’ll see.
It was really awesome seeing my friends, since it had been ALMOST a year (yesterday, Monday, made a full year since I left Taiwan) since we last saw each other. And frolicking in a state with NO SALES TAX was fine by me. I had also never been to Portland before! It’s actually kind of like Vancouver- weather-wise. But they have a lot of bricked roads, and streetcar rails. Here are some photos I snapped of Portland. (I know there’s not that much, but I was enjoying just hanging out with my friends. 🙂 Portraits of them to come!)
This is the view of Portland from our 14th floor hotel room.
Looking down was kind of scary…
It rained on Friday and Sunday, but it was clear on Saturday (the day we were walking around downtown). WOOT!
I love department stores. The Bay and Sears don’t count!
I don’t know why Portland is SO deserted on a Saturday. This was probably around noon or 1pm. The streets were EMPTY!
Streetcar rails! 🙂
I love Betsey Johnson. I wish she would adopt me.
Portland also had a lot of trendy kitchen-goods stores.
The Tri-MET bus is free in the downtown area! 😀 Score! We hopped on it for ~3 blocks. We didn’t realize the Pearl District was so close.. Haha.
I was also SUPER excited to see Anthropologie. We don’t have those in Vancouver either. I think I ooh’d and ahh’d for the whole time I was in there- WHILE petting every single surface. Haha. It’s a shock that I didn’t get asked to leave 😀
We went to this garden (Rose Garden??), but there weren’t any flowers. But the whole garden seemed to like William Shakespeare a lot! See the next two photos for proof:
Well, I guess it makes sense, since it IS a rose garden. But I thought his signature looked like “Milliam” Shakespeare. ;D
I’m super grateful for a fun, short, weekend getaway, and getting to spend time with my friends! 🙂 But I totally forgot how busy I am this week, and how midterms are coming up soon! AHH, reality. Gotta get crackin’!