Welcome to Portland! I was born and raised in Honolulu, HI, after which I moved with some friends to Portland solely because it isn’t a (beautiful) speck in the middle of the ocean. After my initial stint in PDX, I bounced up and down the west coast for a while until settling back here in mid-2016. Since returning I’ve been active in the local music and art scenes and started pretending to enjoy hiking. My goal is to one day enjoy hiking the same way I enjoy the other facets of this wonderful city.
What might surprise a newcomer to Portland?
Portland seems to be proud of its inability to handle extreme heat and cold. An inch of fresh snow during the work week makes for great people-watching while downtown or in the Pearl district. Make sure to bundle up before you start observing!
What do you like about working in the hostel?
The people. Co-workers and guests alike have blown me away with their endless variety of backgrounds and stories, which makes every day unique and memorable. I tend to get restless if I stay in one place for too long, and living vicariously through the guests tides me over until my next trip.
What is your favorite thing to do in Portland?
So far my favorite thing to do in the city has been to go to a soccer game, whether Timbers or Thorns, at Providence Park Stadium. The games are always intense and the Portland Army cheering section never stops from first whistle to last, as well as the Northwest rivalry match between Portland and Seattle that is up with the El’ Classico’s, and Manchester and Milan derby’s.
What to do on a rainy day?
The only wrong answer is trying to hide from it. View the rain from a cozy restaurant, or grab an umbrella and go for a stroll, or just run out into it like a maniac. Love is a two-way street and you’ve gotta love on the rain a bit for it to start loving on you.