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Round the World 2007 USA

Portland Day 3

I went to Trader Joe’s (good quality supermarket) this morning because I decided to spend today having a picnic in Washington Park. I bought strawberries, yoghurt, humous, crackers, and juice. I then stopped at Starbucks en route and got an Iced White Chocolate Mocha, which is now my new favourite drink.

I found a shady spot where I sat and read and chilled out for a couple of hours. It was quite pleasant except for the train to the zoo which arrived noisily every half hour.

I walked around the rose garden and took lots of photos, and tried to get a photo of Mt Hood, but you can’t see it too clearly. I found another shady spot and sat reading for a little longer.

I don’t know when I got back to the hostel, but I went out again to Backspace (internet cafe) around 5pm. I spent ages there, and had a couple of coffees and some cake. It’s a great little place: they have tables with chessboards built in, a stage for live music, a gallery, internet points, and other tables dotted around. Later on, people came in playing cards too.

I don’t know what happened today. I have been having a crap few days, but that improved earlier today. Then it all went to shit, and I’m not sure why. I think a lot of it has to do with being stressed about not being able to organise New England. But I’m also feeling lonely and ignored by my friends. And I hate that I feel this way here, because I really like Portland: it has a really great vibe.

Round the World 2007 USA Vegan

Portland

So I got to Portland at 7am, but my hostel wouldn’t open until 8am, and apparently it was only a ten minute walk. Luckily I found a Starbucks en route (and one with pleasant staff no less). I managed to pass the time there until about 8.30am, then continued walking.

I checked in but my bed wouldn’t be ready until after 2pm, so I put my bags in storage and went for a wander. Northwest Portland is well-organised: the streets are named in alphabetical order, and the avenues that cross them are numbered, so you know pretty soon if you’re travelling in the wrong direction.

So I wandered around 21st Avenue, whch is full of coffee shops, bars, and little boutiques. Then I went into the city centre (Downtown) and found an internet cafe called Backspace, which wasn’t just cool, but also vegetarian! After spending a little time on the internet I walked towards Pioneer Square and found a vegan cafe. I got a little lost in Downtown, and went back to the hostel once I found my way out!

It’s very hot today, and I’m feeling extra smelly since I haven’t showered since my bus journey! After cooling down in the shady courtyard of the hostel, I walked up to Washington Park, saw Mt Hood in the distance, and read for a while.

I walked back down to the hostel via 23rd Avenue, another one filled with cafes and bars. I finally checked in and went for a shower, then wandered back to Backspace to upload photos and charge my MP3 player.