Review: Portland trip

Aaand we’re back from our fantastic Portland trip. Here’s a little review of the trip. We went off from Vancouver bright and early at around 7:15am, Friday, November 14th. It didn’t take long before we reached the US/Canadian border where we had to go through the security control. Our bags were scanned, the border control officers needed to scan our fingerprints, and we had to fill in a slip including personal information. Luckily we got through the control pretty fast. On our way to Portland we also got a quick glimpse of Seattle.

At around 4pm we arrived at the shopping mall Woodburn Premium Outlets just outside Portland. Five hours at a shopping mall sounds like a lot but actually the hours past by very fast. This mall is just massive, and perhaps there were a bit too many shops for the girls to handle 😉 Most of the shops had very good offers, so when we had to leave the mall at 9pm a lot of us arrived back to the bus with our hands full of shopping bags. Sometimes the selection was just overwhelming… just look at all the colourful shoes at the picture. Hmmm, what to chose?

The next day we headed to downtown Portland where we had a little sightseeing tour. The slogan for this city is “Keep Portland weird”, and the weirdness of this city was something we quickly noticed… the citizens of Portland definitely want their city to be like no other. After our little tour around the city, we had some free time to walk around and discover what this city has to offer. Most of us went to the Voodoo Doughnut store. We were lucky to arrive a bit early. It’s not unusual that people wait in line for a least 1 hour! And of course there’s a reason for the long line… the doughnuts here are amazing and comes in all kinds of shapes and colours. Some people just couldn’t get enough, so they bought several boxes filled with doughnuts.

After a great time at the Voodoo Doughnut place, we continued shopping around Portland. Most of us also went to a big Apple store. There’s no sales tax in Portland, so everything is just sooo much cheaper compared to Vancouver and Canada in general.

In the evening we went to watch a great NBA match. It was the Portland Trail Blazers against Brooklyn Nets, and of course Portland won 🙂 The match was very entertaining but the energetic crowd and the entertainment during the breaks just made this match an awesome experience! There really was no limit to the craziness… There was a trampoline show, a big inflated car was flying around the stadium and dropped off coupons, small kids cycled around the basket court in a competition to win a weekly Happy Meal for one year at McDonald’s… No wonder why there are so many big Americans, hahaha! After the match some went downtown to party. Others stayed at the hotel to try out the hot tub and the warmed up swimming pool, niiiice 🙂

Sunday morning we headed off from our hotel at around 9am. We didn’t have to drive for long before we arrived in front of the 2nd tallest year-round waterfall in the US, the Multnomah Waterfalls. It was very cold and windy but the view of the waterfall was just incredible! We had some time to walk around the trails around the waterfall… it was a bit icy, so you can imagine that we had lots of fun trying to keep the balance.

After visiting the waterfall we hit the road back towards the US/Canadian border, got a bit to eat and did a bit of tax free shopping… of course,  and then went back to Vancouver.

Thanks to everyone for a great trip, and thanks to our driver Bruno and our tour guide Adam for making this a superb trip. What an amazing tour!

Check out all of the pictures from this awesome trip here.

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Portland Trip: further Information

Hi guys,

I ( Sophie) did the same trip to Portland last weekend cause I’m already back home in November.
It was a great trip: We arrived on Friday at 3:30 pm –> free time. At 6:30 we met up for the basketball game, it’s worth! You should go there, if you have the chance:)
On Saturday we had breakfast( which was ok)at 8:30 am and at 9:30 am we met up to go to the outlet center, where we could spent 3 and a half hours. We arrived back at the hotel at 2:30 pm and at 3 pm it was time to go to Portland Downtown, we visited the famous food trucks, the biggest bookstore on earth (Powell’s Books), the best Donuts at Voodoo Doughnut( people line up for two hours, it’s crazy :O), Saturday Market and the Waterfront. At the Pioneer Square you was able to continue shopping(here you could find stores like Victoria Secret, Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, Nordstrom etc….). It is still cheap, because you don’t have to pay any taxes in entire Oregon( The residents have to pay higher incomes taxes, that’s why they don’t have any taxes on top of the prices). For example you get the regular Iphone 6(16GB) for $650 or a MacBookAir (11inch) for $899. For the girls: you can get a pair of uGG’s from $119 to $150….so cheap….for sure, Portland is the shopping-paradise:) But the city itself is really pretty, looks a bit like gastown:)
After the walking tour we were free to do whatever we want to do.
On Sunday we left the hotel at 9 am (after breakfast) and went to the Multnomah Waterfalls. We spent one hour there, it was pretty cool:)
Lunch break was at the same Shopping Mall as on Friday.
We arrived in Vancouver at 7 pm.
Our guide Lee was awesome….your guide will be Adam, he is really cool as well. They purchased Voodoo Donuts which we could enjoy on our way back to Vancouver.
I really really recommend this trip:)

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International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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INTERNeX goes Portland-14th November

Portland

Yaaay we’re going to Portland.

On November 14th to 16th we are planning to go to Portland, also known as the “City of Roses”. On Friday, November 14,we’ll meet at 7 am at Waterfront Station. After crossing the Border to the US we’ll have lunch in Southern Washington. The expected approach time in Portland will be 5 pm. You’ll have the opportunity to watch a Basketball game for $25 on Friday as well as on Saturday. Those who don’t want to watch a game can enjoy their free time in Portland.
After included breakfast at the hotel on Saturday, we are going to shop at Woodburn tax free Outlet Mall. Take a look here to get an overview of all the nice shops in the Woodburn tax free Outlet Mall. You’ll be able to get your first Christmas presents in all these different shops.

Later on we’ll have a Portland walking City tour with our friendly tour guide.
On Sunday we’ll leave Portland at 9am after our included breakfast. Before our lunch break in Southern Washington we’ll stop at Multnomah Waterfalls, which is the tallest waterfall in the State of Oregon and the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States. At the Canadian Border you’ll be able to do some Duty Free Shopping before we’ll be back in Vancouver at about 8 pm.

For a price of just 229$ you’ll get:
• All Tips & Taxes
• Deluxe Coach Transportation
• 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation
• 2 Continental Breakfasts
• A Cool Canadian Guide
• & Much More!!
As you maybe already noticed, the US always thinks you’re a killer or something like that if you want to cross the border. So you need some paper stuff which you have to bring with you for crossing the border:

  • Passport (Passports must be valid and be Machine-readable)
  • Everyone must pay US immigration $6 USD at the border to process entry (please have exact change)
  • Copy of Airplane Ticket or Student Registration
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • Government photo ID for proof of age
  • Also important are some good walking shoes

You can sign up for this trip in our office and please remember to pay cash. Make sure to sign up as soon as possible because the tickets will be sold out based on that low price very fast.
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Hope many of you want to join us for this amazing trip, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions!

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com