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We went to Portland and we found hipsters. Lots of them. With mustaches, leather shoes, glasses, matching bicycles and cups of artisan coffee in hand. It was nice to get away with two of my close friends for my last spring break as a student. Locals in Will Leather Goods drew us a map of the districts and listed their favorite places during our first night when we meandered 23rd Avenue. Rain was inevitable but I think we may have brought some sunshine.

A few of our favorites were: Salt & Straw ice cream, Doug Fir Lounge, Dig A Pony bar and dance club playing funk, the Grilled Cheese Grill with seating in a renovated bus and Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

Fast Portland facts (inspired by the people we met and things we heard):
Get Voodoo Doughnuts for the experience; get Blue Star Donuts for the taste.
Don't try to pump your own gas in Oregon.
No sales tax. Take advantage. $50 means $50.
The Japanese, Chinese and rose gardens are prettiest in May.
With 61 craft breweries, it boasts the most of any city in the world.
People are defined by what they do, not who they think they are.


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