How was your weekend?

There’s no way to deny it: Today, it’s Monday. I’m back at work. Here I am, sitting at my desk, sipping my warm ginger tea and getting ready to write this blog post. The perk about Monday blog posts: I get to tell you all about my weekend! So, sit back and enjoy reading about what I did for the last few days.

It all started Thursday evening. At 7pm, our bus departed from the Pacific Central station. The destination: Portland! We left Vancouver, crossed the border, had a 1.5 hour stop in Seattle from where another bus brought us to the desired city. I’m not much of an in-the-bus-sleeper, so that was quite a sleepless night.

We arrived 30 minutes earlier than expected. At 5:30am, to be exact. We headed to the hotel straight away, where we enjoyed a good breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, waffles, cereal, yogurt, coffee, tea, orange juice… I could go on and on. It was soooo good! I was already looking forward to the upcoming 2 breakfasts. When we were done eating and our food coma overcame us, it was time to explore the city. First, we walked along the water at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Then, we headed to the Pioneer Courthouse Square. Let’s join a walking tour! It was called ‘Secrets of Portlandia’. Our tour guide Erik led us through the city for 2,5 hours. He told us about the history of Portland and how it got its name (by a coin toss, by the way). But he also showed us famous places and buildings, as well as the food truck ‘Stretch the Noodle’, which makes Chinese noodles freshly in front of you (absolutely tasty).

After checking in at the hotel and refreshing ourselves, we went for dinner at an Italian restaurant. Since the day was very long already, we went back to the hotel afterwards. But not to sleep already. We spent an easy evening together with lots of different card games.

At 10am on Saturday, it was time for Miri, Elisabeth, Angy and I to go to the Lan Su Chinese Garden. The rest of the Portland gang went to have a tour on the USS Blueback submarine. It rained quite a lot in the beginning of the day, but suddenly the sun decided to show her face. The whole garden was brought into a different spotlight. The pavilions, the bridges, the water, the plants… It was just wonderful to look at.

Have you ever heard of the Voodoo doughnuts? It’s what Portland is very famous for. Funny named and shaped doughnuts that are delicious and worth standing in line for 20 minutes (or more) for. It’s exactly what I did. And yes, they were so good! After munching doughnuts, we wanted to try the other thing Portland is famous for: Beer! A few of the 21+ aged candidates joined me to the Pints Brewhouse. We ordered the 10 beers they had on their menu. Some were awesome, but others will not make it on my ‘I want to drink that again’ list.

In the evening, some of us played mini-golf. It was not just normal mini-golf, but mini-golf in blacklight with a pirate and underwater theme. Exciting! I did not win, unfortunately, but it was fun, anyway! When we got back to the hotel, we did the same as the evening before: playing card games and talking and laughing with each other. Around 3am, it was bed time. The next day was not that special. Breakfast, check-out, driving back to Vancouver by bus. And still: an entire day passed by with that.

This trip was fun and great! I enjoyed having you all there! Let’s share some memories and stories this Wednesday during PuB NiGHT at Mahony & Sons!

– Nadine

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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.

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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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