Portland is Weird, Part 1

So…Portland. They say the dream of the ‘90s lives here.

How do I describe Portland? Well, if you’ve ever been to San Francisco… Portland is just like San Francisco. Except it’s cleaner, quieter, more modern, has better public transportation, the people are nicer, and the city is just overall a lot more pleasant to be in. You know, just a few minor differences.

The first thing I noticed is how bike-friendly the city is. As a person who is clumsy and often crashes into things, I’m kind of iffy about bikes. But wow, bikes are everywhere in the city. I’ve lived in Denmark, the world capital of bikes, and still, coming to Portland, I’m like whoaaaa…bikes:

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Wait, what? Yes.

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And even when you only have a part of a bike, you can still turn it into art as well. Because why not.

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Speaking of turning things into art, Portland is the city of repurposing stuff. I mean, good for them, turning old stuff into usable stuff. The city is one big life hack.

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Yes…a restaurant made from a school bus. Because why not.

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And speaking of restaurants…wow, the show “Portlandia” was right. The city is full of trendy restaurants, with people lining up and down the street to eat at one.

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This is the famous Voodoo Donuts by the way:

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But seriously the lines. We waited an hour and 10 minutes for this brunch place where you can make your own pancakes:

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We also waited in a long line for this biscuit place:

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But the food was worth it. Portland had the most amazing food. Lines, lines, lines everywhere. There were also many lines of protests. To be honest, I often didn’t know if people were in line for a protest or a good new brunch place. For example, this one…protest or brunch?

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Oh but not to make light of protests. If it were up to me, I’d spend a whole day protesting with the lot of them. But I didn’t want to ruin everyone’s vacation.
I’ve lived in San Francisco, the world capital of protests, and still, coming to Portland, I’m like whoaaaa…protests:

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We saw the same family at the park earlier:

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I’m not sure what this guy is saying though:

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You may have heard that the protests in Portland were violent and resulted in a shooting. We weren’t there for that part. But below are some of the night protests we witnessed. They were chanting things like “Say it loud! Say it clear! Immigrants are welcome here!”

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And we saw several incidents of police in riot gear gearing up for a riot.

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It stuck me as funny that less than a block away people were doing this:

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Donuts!

OK on that note this entry ends here. Come back tomorrow for Part 2 where I discuss more Portlandish facts about Portland.

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2 thoughts on “Portland is Weird, Part 1

  1. Jenny B

    Fun to read! I like hearing that Portland is a quieter, cleaner, & more mordern version of San Francisco. Makes me want to visit. Also wish we had table top pancake restaurants here, such a cool idea.

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