Monday, April 10, 2017

When You Have Just One Day

When you have just one overnight, one day only, you plan the best. You begin with a lovely, slow Sunday just eating, playing games, and exploring together. And that's what Mi'ja and her partner, Pat, did. They organized a really nice day that included super vegetarian/vegan friendly restaurants, all locally farmed, and famed for deliciousness. Enrique discovered that, just like in Spain, it's all about the food.

11:30am - Met for brunch at Harlow's (3632 SE Hawthorne St)

Harlow's was awesome for lunch, as we noticed a few days earlier when we stopped in for hot chocolate.

12-5ish - Explore Hawthorne District! Lots of thrift stores, coffee shops, book stores, very "Portland" vibes. Good thing for the GPS most of our visit. It wasn't necessary once we got to Hawthorne Street, though. No matter where we looked there was something to see. We visited the vintage shops a bit and had fun with the funky, but being old thrifters we weren't having the high prices. What we were having was enjoying the atmosphere, the kind of apparel that earns Portland it's reputation.

Keep Portland Weird - #1Bumper Sticker
Locals don't think it's weird or know what it means exactly - the city is too nice. Maybe it's the annual naked bike ride, aging hippies, weird hats, art and punk shows... 

The kind of place to bring Spanish cards for Chinchón and play them in a donut and coffee shop.

Hawthorne v. Belmont
H. by far the hippest street in the SE and home of every bad P. stereotype: Lazy 20 somethings, crazy homeless, the dirtiest hippies, the loudest petitioners, buskers every 10 ft., fashionable parents w/widest strollers available in the US, ALL out there! Makes you feel like a raging neo-conservative, "Get a job!, Hey try some birth control!" Belmont on the other hand is the good Portland stereotype: great restaurants, green, cool parents w/normal strollers, ...

At the Cider Ale House Enrique and I had our first "Flight" of drinks.

For dinner head over to the Pearl District at Verde Cocina (524 NW 14th St)
Ice-cream after dinner at Salt and Straw

Monday 4/10
9am - Breakfast of cream-of-wheat and fruit at our Airbnb.
11:30am - Head to airport for good-byes.

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