During my short time in Portland, I have fallen in love with this city.
I keep asking myself what is so special about this place and these people?
I think I finally have it.
The things that make me weird in Ohio are mainstream and fully embraced in Portland.
My friends are probably sick of me complaining about the hostile and ignorant drivers in Columbus. When I got to Portland, I instantly noticed the bike culture.
Bike lanes are clearly marked. Drivers share the road. There is no hostility.
There are bike racks everywhere, and they’re all full.
They even have a World Naked Bike Ride. Not sure if I would be naked on a bike, but I would certainly go watch and take photos.
Commitment to public transportation
In addition to the bike culture, it is clear that the city is committed to providing good public transportation. Choose from the street car, the light rail, or the bus system.
Obsession with eating well
Of course the fresh, local ingredients and affordability of good food are important.
But I also noticed Portland doesn’t have lots of large fast food chains.
The closest I saw was Chipotle. Yes, they have fast food, and they have food that is not exactly healthy, but the fast food is not filled with preservatives and chemicals.
A trip to the Saturday Farmers Market was one of the highlights of my trip.
It was packed with people and filled with so much quality produce and other handmade specialties such as cheese and meats.
I have already mentioned the excellent beer.
You should know that the coffee rivals Seattle too.
People are witty and quirky
I also have a huge appreciation for clever humor and quirkiness in every day life. Portland has this nailed.
They even have a vacuum cleaner museum.
And the Freakybuttrue Peculiarum.
This is just one example of the weirdness inside the museum.
There is so much individuality on display.
This really is the front of someone’s home.