I’ve been gone for a MINUTE. I know, I hardly ever peace out like that and not blog but lemme tell ya…when you’re out traveling the world (or the Pacific Northwest) the scenery is too gorgeous to waste time with playing on the computer. If you aren’t following me on my other social media channels like Twitter and Instagram, first…shame on you! Second, go on over and catch up on all my shenanigans that happened while I was jetsetting around the United States.
I made a promise to myself at the start of 2015 that I was going to make a conscious effort to start traveling a little bit more. I admittedly don’t really like change, and I HATE being away from my little nest of a home. I did actually go on a trip to Boston a few weeks ago but that trip was such a drag (snow, snow, travel delays, and more snow) that I don’t think I’m going to bother wasting your time with a post. So after that fiasco of a trip, I was excited to actually hop on a plane and jet off to lands unknown.
First, let’s talk flying. I did a post on my travel essentials (that you all apparently loved, if my pageviews aren’t lying to me) and I conveniently left out that I absolutely dread flying. I’m not a nervous flyer but the new airplane seats aren’t conducive to anything except being uncomfortable so. Big middle finger up to you, United.
Next up, Portland Day One.
The airport is gorgeous and easy to navigate, but be warned that Lyft and Uber aren’t a thing out there…meaning that you’re going to be paying out the nose for taxis. I can’t believe how much I missed affordable car service, waiting for a bus in the pouring Oregon rain wasn’t a good time.
I spent my first night in an Air BnB, which was a cost-effective and wonderful experience. For those of you who don’t know what Air BnB is, basically it’s an app that lets you rent a room in someone’s house for a way affordable rate. My host was a sweetheart (check her out here!) and I had the run of her house for the night I was there. Oh, and if you want…use my referral code to sign up and get $25 bucks off your first booking!
Of course, I had to visit Voodoo Doughnuts for a treat right when I got settled. Voodoo is like, a total tourist trap but the doughnuts are legit…I felt my arteries clogging as I ate my Dirty Bastard (I forget what it was actually called, but it was something equally inappropriate).
The next day, I set out for downtown PDX waterfront hotel to get settled in and that’s when I discovered the ridiculous price of taxis. Brutal. I dropped off my bags and headed out on foot to explore. I walked all the way up to Chinatown and stepped into the most beautiful Chinese garden hidden away in the heart of the city. The Lan Su Chinese Garden is super old and super gorgeous, I had a great time wandering around and eating lunch in the Garden Tea Room.
Isn’t that single teapot nifty? Loose tea leaves float on top, you crack the lid open a little to strain the tea as you’re drinking.
After that, I wandered over to the world’s oldest and largest independent bookstore called Powells. This place was AMAZING. Wall to wall bookshelves held my attention for hours, the best part is that they stack new books next to used copies, so you had the option of which you’d prefer to buy.
Over the next couple of days I hit some amazing foodie spots (like the best Ramen joint in Portland)
…and connected with some amazing people that will surely be friends for a lifetime.
All in all I spent 3 days in PDX and then hopped over to Las Vegas for a week…but that’s a story for another post! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you’re thinking about visiting Portland because I can’t recommend that trip enough! I had an awesome time and I can’t believe I’ve put off visiting for so long.
Have you visited the Pacific Northwest?
What’s your favorite west coast spot?