I’m Julia and I will intern at the HI Northwest Portland for the rest of the year. I was born in Germany in a small town in the beautiful Bavarian Forest. I grew up in Hannover, Regensburg and Munich and later on made my way to Berlin, where I used to live before I came to the US. I deliberately chose the term “used to live” since I am not planning to go back!
A really smart guy, called St. Augustine, once said “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page”. I made his quote my life motto and by the end of my life not only do I want to have been to as many places as possible but also do I want to have said something as smart as he did so people can reference my quote. So far it went really well concerning the travelling part but somehow no one takes my quotes seriously…
I love travelling, especially backpacking! I travelled to almost all countries in Europe, I spent a year backpacking through Australia and New Zealand, I have been to Peru and Venezuela, and visited Canada and the United States many times. On my visits I have spent over a year in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. I definitely prefer the West Coast over the East Coast and my favorite place until now was San Francisco!
I came to the US to get an insight into the American working conditions and I got this awesome opportunity to work at the Northwest Portland Hostel. My internship allows me to engage in fun hostel activities and meet new people from all over the world. I am also a part of the green team and will be participating in community events. My internship will also help me gain experience in hostel management tasks and improve my social media marketing skills.
All my friends from San Francisco told me that Portland is just like SF without all the shitty parts and people are even friendlier. As European, I could hardly believe that this is possible but I have to confess that the people here in Portland are incredibly friendly.
That is not the only thing I like about Portland. As Bavarian, I highly appreciate Portland’s beer culture and I am also used to the green scenery. I can’t wait for summer and start exploring Oregon’s countryside and the coast.