Portland came into focus for a few reasons.
One, years & years ago when Keith was in the Navy he came here during Fleet Week. From what he remembers as a drunken squid, the city was pretty cool.
Two, I had never been to the North West and if we had to get back to work, it might as well be in an area that I haven’t quite explored yet. I have a huge list of ‘must see’ places around here that could take awhile!
Three, the city had enough jobs that we both could get back to work. That happened quickly for both of us, which in this economy we are grateful for.
Four, the food. Coming from food sad rural Georgia, I was excited to get back into a city that embraced food. I love that there are affordable food carts to pricy high end restaurants & everything in between. We haven’t had a horrible meal yet, and that’s saying something.
Five, the city is pedestrian/bike/transit friendly. We only have one car and didn’t want to think about purchasing another. Since we live in the city, we are even thinking of ditching the car we have because everything is so easy to get to.
Six, the city embraces people to come as they are. I like an area that encourages people to be themselves. This means you have a lot of opinions and alternate lifestyles & well – that’s awesome.
We still don’t know how long we will stay. But, we are definitely loving this city and even if settling down doesn’t happen this time around, I can see returning already. It could have a little more sun, a baseball team, and love our German Shepherd a little bit more – but it’s a pretty awesome place to be ‘stuck’.