Welcome to Portland

IT WAS A LONG NIGHT. I tossed and turned in my shabby orange pup-tent as my neighbor snored like a chainsaw; about 4 a.m. I wondered whether I was crazy to have come to this city alone to sleep on the ground when I could be in the comfort of my own bed…

But with the morning came a new outlook – and (thank god) a cup of strong coffee. I’m staying at a hostel in the Hawthorne District, which is akin perhaps to Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Exploring downtown by bike has been great; today I scoped out Chinatown and had some time for introspection at the tea garden.

Traveling alone has its virtues and challenges. It’s not something I’ve done a whole lot of – while I’m more free to go and wander without worrying if my partner is having a good time, by and large I find myself wishing I had someone to share things with. I suppose the most difficult thing is realizing that the mental hardships that come with pushing myself out of my comfort zone have some value.

Anyway, enough deep thoughts – enjoy the photos!

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1 Response to “Welcome to Portland”

  1. 1 Grigo September 9, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    Hi TDT,

    Great photos! especailly those about Chinese culture: garden and green tea. Where did you take them? I love them!

    Good luck with your new tour, looking forward to reading your updates.

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