Photo Diary: Hey Portland(ia)!

Portland Summer Travel Photo Diary, featuring Salt and Straw, Voodoo Donuts, Portland Art Museum, rose test gardens at Washington Park, Vista House, The Waffle Window, Portland City Grill, Mcmenamins Edgefield, and The Portland Spirit
Ice cream from Salt and Straw

I'm finally getting around to posting some snapshots from my Portland trip. My friend Liz and I were both getting a little overwhelmed at work and just itching to get away. Our friend Priscilla recently moved to Portland and we kept saying we wanted to visit, so we finally made it happen. We had so much fun (and ate a lot) in just a few days. I already want to go back. A few notes:

Traveling Tip #1: Don't lose your wallet the day you arrive. One minute you're buying ice cream (delicious Lavender Honey ice cream) and the next thing you know, your wallet and the $150 in birthday cash from Grandma is gone, and your kind, kind friends are paying for your things and sneaking you drinks at bars for the next few days. Also, your parents will overnight your passport (need the ID to get back on the plane, you know) and for some reason there will be all kinds of delays and you won't get it until the morning before your flight leaves.

Travel tip #1.5: Bring two forms of ID. Maybe even three. See above.

Traveling Tip #2: Travel with cool best friends. Specifically, have one that's crazy good at planning (she even does it for a living!) because your itinerary will be both organized and filled with amazing things she knows you'll want to do/see/eat (bonus points if her dog is the cutest thing ever). Also have a friend who's really generous and doesn't blink when you sheepishly ask her to buy you three bars of 'Made in Portland' chocolate. And several days worth of meals.

Those are all the tips I have right now.
Just some advice.
And now for some pretty pictures.

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Epic sugar waffles and lavender blueberry lemonade from The Waffle Window

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Oh you know, just taking creepy photos of my friends at the Portland Art Museum

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After a morning hike at Multnomah Falls, we made a quick stop at the Vista House which had one of the most breathtaking views I'd ever seen, even with the rain.

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You can't visit Portland and not go to Voodoo Donuts. You just can't. I tried the "Voodoo Doll" and the one covered in Oreos. Both were awesome.

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One of the few shots we got of the three of us. Here we are during a mini bar crawl (if you could call it that) around McMenamins Edgefield

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Floating houses, seen during our Sunday brunch (booze!) cruise aboard the Portland Spirit along the Willamette River

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The rose gardens at Washington Park a.k.a. the perfect place to act out your Alice in Wonderland fantasies. We also stumbled upon a drag show while we were there.  

Our last night in Portland. Such a gorgeous view of the city and sunset from Portland City Grill.

These photos show just a mere fraction of what we did, but they are some of my favorites from the bunch.

I never did figure out what happened to my wallet. In the end, it didn't matter because my friends really are the best.

Update: I posted this a little too soon, because I heard from Portland PD the very next day and was informed that my wallet--with everything in it--was in tact and available for pick-up. My dear friend Priscilla was able to get it for me and send it back! What are the odds? Portland is filled with nice people. 

And in case you're wondering,
the dream of the 90s really is alive in Portland.
It was everything I hoped it would be and more.

(P.S. in case you didn't get that last bit)


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