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Portland, Oregon has been on my bucket list for years and I finally made it there to celebrate my good friend, Jessica’s birthday and visit with another great friend, Ashley. Like most of my friends, Jessica and I met in the most random way possible: through a roommate ad listing on Craigslist. Not only did we become roommates, but great friends and have stayed great friends through many moves and years. Ashley and I met through mutual friends in Boston and have been sharing a love for wanderlust and travel over the years.
To be brief, Portland is a dream city. It is filled with thoughtful, authentic people who were so gracious to an outsider. The food and coffee scene could rival any metropolitan place in the world. The variety of cuisines in Portland was endless. Literally any meal that you could desire was possible and prepared with the upmost thought and consideration. The coffee was outstanding, from drip to cold brew I barely went without a cup in my hand. I can completely understand why this city draws so many new transplants every year and why people work so hard to afford to live here. I could definitely see myself taking an assignment here, although I know that they almost never occur due to the tight job market.
It was a beautiful visit and I am so happy that I got to spend the weekend with Jessica on her birthday and see Ashley after so much time apart. I so value the strength of my friendships and how we are able to pick up where we left off when I see old friends.
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