I turned 21 this year, a big birthday!
My boyfriend and I have the same birthday, too, only he is four years older than me. I usually don’t do things for myself, especially trips and things that require more money, but I wanted to do something special, since this is such a special birthday, and I’ll be gaining a career soon, which means less time to travel.
I wanted to share the pictures of my trip. It was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. My uncle lives there, and he was great about suggesting the best places to go. But while he was at work during the day, Ryan and I found plenty of places to go and things to do.
We had such a hard time actually getting there in the beginning. Our first flight was delayed four times, which meant that we would miss our connecting flight. But Ryan worked some kind of magic and got us new tickets that actually got us there even earlier than we were meant to get there.
I can’t remember exactly which order these pictures were taken in, so I’ll just tell you what happened in them. This is one night when we went to dinner at a place called Yakuza. I have sushi and Ryan had a Kobe beef burger, which he said was one of the best burgers he’s had.
One thing I loved about Portland was that there was art almost everywhere. Also the weather. It was in the high 70’s, low 80’s while we were there, sometimes I had to wear a sweatshirt and jeans it was so chilly, which is so nice after the humid, hot weather here.
Also, the food. Some restaurants that really stood out were Pip’s Doughnuts, Bamboo sushi, Yakuza, Blue Star Donuts, Pine State Biscuits, and Salt and Straw. But my favorite meal was at a brunch place called Muscadine. They had such amazing biscuits and gravy.
I loved getting to spend a week traveling with Ryan. I feel like we got to experience many new things together, and it was great getting to do that.
One of my favorite days was when we got to go to the International Rose Test Garden, and to a Japanese Garden they have there.
(Ryan and I don’t know how to force a smile in an attractive way)
It was so beautiful. If you’re okay with paying for the Japanese Garden over the free Rose Garden, it is worth the money.
There was also a zoo there that we went to. It’s a bit small, bit still nice.
We only got to go hiking one day out of the week, but it was beautiful. It made me realize that I should really do it more, and that I wish we had more sights like this closer to where I live.
Another one of my favorite days was the day we went to Cannon Beach.
Cannon Beach is where the Goonies was filmed, you’ll recognize Haystack rock from the end of the movie. It’s a beautiful beach. The water was freezing cold, though.
Finally, this was my first legal drink. Ever since I went to England last year, I can’t find ciders like they had there. But we went to a cider bar, and they tasted pretty close. They even gave me a free pint because it was my birthday.
For dinner, we went to a place that was on top of a huge building, that looked out over downtown. Then we went to an underground bar, with really fancy cocktails. I didn’t get crazy at all for my birthday. I don’t like to get drunk, I just felt like I should drink a little bit for my birthday. My uncle was very nice in taking us to these bars, and I have a feelings he had even more fun than I did.
I also just wanted to mention how great our Airbnb was.
They had a wonderfully comfortable bed, two cats, which made us feeling even more at home, and were so nice to us. I felt bad, we didn’t hardly spend any time there, as we would leave early in the morning and get in late at night, to try and get the most out of our vacation.
In short, I would go back there in a heartbeat. Ryan would, too. And if someone else actually reads through this whole post, I commend you.