It's been nearly a week since I left Portland so I'm looking back at the various reactions I had to the city. I stayed at a hostel in one of my old neighborhoods, and suffice to say that I'm either too old or not at all hip enough to live here now! Honestly, I don't think I'd look good in dreadlocks.
While it's still a beautiful city that is surrounded by natural wonders, I can't say I'd pick Portland today. It has serious traffic, slacker and homeless issues. Perhaps I've been living in small towns for too long!?
That said, it was great to return to some old haunts and have some laughs with friends who have known me quite a while!
Cyclist, writer, teacher, avid reader, bike/ped advocate, nomad, pie lover