while in oregon i was able to make it up to the beautifully strange city of portland several times. It is not your typical city vibe, it's an oregon city... It is a juxtaposition of fancy and ferrel. beautiful lush trees and small parks intermingle with architecturally pleasing city blocks, nearly as contradictory as the overwhelming homeless and transient population intermingling with bougie business folk who all seem to happily co-inhabit this amazing city. 

i got to explore portland with an old friend who had never been. we rented bikes for a day and tried to take in as much of the city as it offered. portland is littered with craft breweries and great food spots both at street carts and restaurants. It is also home to a beautiful traditional japanese garden and rose garden which happened to be in bloom and smelled like heaven. 

portland was an amazing time. i'll be back for the beer and donuts.