Generally, when one‚Äôs planning their travel in the US, they don‚Äôt include Portland in their itinerary! It‚Äôs always Vegas, San Francisco, New York, Miami, LA‚Ä¶ But Portland??!!! Why would you think of Portland!? Well, I‚Äôve been there‚Ä¶ And honestly, I think people really should start including it in their travel plans!! Because, it‚Äôs awesome sauce!
I wouldn‚Äôt have thought of it either, had it not been for my lil sister who‚Äôs recently moved there and is working with INTEL. And trust me I had absolutely no idea what I was in for, until I landed at the Portland International Airport!
There is a vibe to the city! Something I didn‚Äôt feel anywhere else in the US (I traveled to 9 cities in this trip alone). ¬†I kept trying to put a word to that vibe‚Ä¶ and finally‚Ä¶ after my 10days of stay there‚Ä¶ I zeroed it down to ‚ÄėHAPPY‚Äô! It really felt like the ‚ÄėHappiest little city in USA‚Äô!
People are passionate, laid-back, loving, & content! Every city in the US has a ‚ÄėHippie area‚Äô! Portland, however, is entirely hippie! It‚Äôs hippie inside! Hippie‚Ä¶ is a state of mind that everyone lives in! And I really felt like I could live there forever!
My first morning when I woke up and looked out of my sister‚Äôs window‚Ä¶ I was bamboozled! That view‚Ä¶ of the church, the mountains and the luscious green was something even hill-stations don‚Äôt offer‚Ä¶ And mind-you, she lives bang in the middle of the city center!
I stepped out of her building‚Ä¶ and I‚Äôve never seen so many happy, kind and smiling faces! People who just walk up to you and greet you‚Ä¶ strangers who start conversing with you like they‚Äôve known you forever‚Ä¶ store-keepers who love their job so much, that they don‚Äôt care about selling‚Ä¶ only about how much you like their work! (I went to this store on Hawthorne street, selling wool! Just wool‚Ä¶ in every colour possible! And in spite of knowing that I wasn‚Äôt going to buy anything, she spent 30mins chatting with me‚Ä¶ about wool, her sister, her family, her dogs and her work! Not once did she ask me to buy anything‚Ä¶ and in fact, discouraged me from buying stuff coz I didn‚Äôt know knitting! By the end of it, I wasn‚Äôt even sure if that was really the first time that I‚Äôd met her! ‚Ä¶. Oh, and there were at least some 10 incidents of this sort! :D)
Hell, even my sister‚Äôs tabby Cat behaves like a Dog‚Ä¶!!! Greeting you, crushing over you and missing you! He even sulks and apologizes if he scratches you by mistake! Now that‚Äôs not something normal that you find everywhere!!! Lol!
Its laidback and hippie attitude even reflects in the city‚Äôs fashion quotient. People here are eternally and internally Boho! So this year‚Äôs coolest fashion trend is almost like, tailor-made, for the people of Portland.
People are mostly seen in comfort wear. Also the weather (mild rains throughout the year) and the geography (sexy mountains, lakes and waterfalls all over) make sure that most people love outdoors! Most people have hobbies such as cycling, hiking, rock-climbing and river-rafting. And unlike us, they take their hobbies very seriously! So if they‚Äôre not going gypsy, then they‚Äôll most likely be seen in sneakers, track pants and sweat-shirts!
People here, I‚Äôd say, are physically super-active and laid-back in their attitude! (ah‚Ä¶ such a lovely combination :))
You know, the ‚Äėtagline‚Äô for the city officially, is ‚ÄúKeep Portland weird‚ÄĚ‚Ä¶ and if by weird they mean ‚Äėsuper-happy‚Äô, ‚Äėsuper passionate‚Äô, ‚Äėsuper nice‚Äô and ‚Äėsuper-awesome‚Äô‚Ä¶ Then I really really pray to God that Portland stays weird forever!!
And if all this isn‚Äôt reason enough‚Ä¶ Let me bring you back to Shopping!! Portland is Tax Free! Yes you read that right‚Ä¶ There‚Äôs no sales tax in the City! So while in any other city in the US, you would end up paying 8% -12% of the MRP as additional sales tax, in Portland, it‚Äôs FREE!
And if like me, you‚Äôre into vintage stores, thrift shops and little concept stores‚Ä¶ then Portland is Shopping Paradise for you!
My next post is going to be a little shopping guide that will help you NOT miss some of the cutest and coolest stores in the city. So keep reading and enjoy the pics below‚Ä¶
That’s my ‘colour blocked’ look on my day 2 in Portland. Wearing these lovely high-waist bright blue denims from H&M with my Bright yellow, long tail top from Missamore. Layered it with a tan suede jacket from Zara and tan colour boots. A Lime-green scarf from Gap to finish up!
And this colourblocking combination I think was perfect for the green landscape that the gardens in Portland provide!
The Gorgeous Multnomah Falls on Columbia River!
My monsoon style for the day outdoors… Pink, ripped jeans, black cropped top from Zara and a super-comfy bomber jacket from Abercrombie & Fitch. Cute suede flats from Koovs, though not rain-friendly, add an elegant touch to the look!
My First morning looking out my sister’s window and sipping on coffee!
Wearing these super-comfy track pants from Forever 21 and this T-shirt which I had custom printed from “Crazu Print”…. it says “PinkPepperCorn in the US of A” ūüėÄ
The view of Downtown Portland!
Lavender Shrubs outside a gorgeous white house on Nob Hill.