03.05.2011 - 05.05.2011 14 °C
Arrived in Portland around half eight in the morning, slightly tired, dazed and confused. Just a 20 minute or so walk to the hostel. Portland is the capital of the state Oregon. Its known for its large number of microbreweries and coffee fondness. Its also listed as one of the most 'green' cities in the world.
I couldn't check into my room till the afternoon so I threw my bags into storage and went for a walk around town. Despite being bigger then most cities in New Zealand its still relatively small compared to San Francisco and LA. The city has a free 'street car'/tram that runs through the city, making it easy to get around. I just walked around for a few hours and took some photos. Was still exhausted from the journey up so went back to the hostel and rested for the evening.
Had a bit of a lay in (half 9 is considered a lay in) and went out to look around again. Walked up the hill to Washington park to get a view over the city, could even see snow capped mountains in the distance which I didn't notice before. Walked back down into the city and caught the street car to the water front along the river. Walked along the river and had lunch. Some other Portland facts, it has ten bridges and has the largest new/used book store in the world (Powell's book store) taking up an entire block.
Got up early, packed and walked to the bus terminal. Getting a four hour bus to Seattle.