Travel Diaries: Seattle and Portland
I put together a short recap of my trip to Seattle and Portland last week. I've always wanted to explore the Pacific Northwest, after hearing friends hail it as the most lovely place in America. Even before going, I knew that I'd adore it. Tree-huggers central, vegetarian-friendly, good coffee? Sold.
What inspired me most about the NW, especially Portland, was the flourishing and deep-rooted culture of creativity. It goes much farther than what we simply consider as 'hipster'. Artistry is by no means undervalued, and the city is filled to the brim with hard-working creatives trying to find their way, and going to whatever lengths necessary to realise their dream, and become the best at what they do.
These sentiments are normalised among locals, and visitors are encouraged to share in the music, craft, art, and food that's being made. It's prompted me to look at my life, and whether or not I'm fully embracing the importance of creativity in it, and how I can further this energy no matter where the future takes me.
Now comes some of the nature-related things we did, which to me was the main theme of the trip. Many of these places don't have websites or even TripAdvisor Listings, but they shouldn't be hard to find. Blueberry picking, alpaca stalking, rose-smelling, and traversing the Columbia River Gorge are some highlights.
We really wanted to go for local experience, while throwing in some essential touristy spots. It was fun being in America with someone who's not all that familiar, so I was able to share, while taking in anew, the beautiful country where I grew up - which meant hiking unspoiled trails and the awe of Costco.
Until next time, xo.