Greetings from Portland, Oregon!
I’m loving my time here so far–the weather is absolutely perfect and my friend Daicia is the most gracious hostess I could ask for.
Here are some fun things I’ve learned about the city so far:
The Willamette River separates Portland into east and west, and there’s a bit of a cultural rift between the two sides.
There are 12 major bridges that span the river, which make getting where you want to go a cinch.
Simpsons creator Matt Groening, a Portland native, drew inspiration for character names from the streets of the Alphabet District (where I’m currently staying); notably Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, Mayor Quimby, Milhouse Van Houten, and C. Montgomery Burns[ide].
Portland loves brunch! And so do we.
We love nightlife! Portland…not so much.
There’s an abundance of…uhh…very interesting sculptures around town.
Driving around here feels like an obstacle course–pedestrians, bicyclists, unexpected one-ways–and parking is damn near impossible.
It’s already very clear to me I could never live here. Just one of those things you know, ya know?