I have now been in Portland, Oregon for two weeks. I moved here to do an internship at galois and it has been great so far. It’s a quite small city (pop: ~600 000) and it’s really pedestrian and bike friendly – quite uncommon for an American city. I live by Alberta which is a neighbourhood full of small shops, cafés and pubs, and it’s always fun to walk around and see what’s happening.
Close to downtown Portland is the beautiful Forest Park with lots of really nice trails where you can walk in beautiful, lush, green forest, just 15 minutes from the city centre.
Oh, and the beer scene… There are lots of great breweries in the area, and most of them have brew pubs in Portland. So far, my favourite is Deschutes’s Red Chair – an amazing pale ale with a well-rounded but distinct taste. (Seriously, try it!)
I’m sure I have barely scratched the surface, and am looking forward to exploring more. :-)