Greetings from Portland! I grew up in a suburban city right between LA and San Diego until my family moved to a rural town in Iowa when I was 15. I finished high school there and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Urban Planning and a love for cities and travel. After graduation I moved to Philadelphia for a couple years before living in San Diego for 8 months where I also worked at a hostel. I made my way to Portland in 2017 and have been loving it! I am lucky enough to have travelled throughout Latin America and Europe, studying abroad in Barcelona and Havana. In my spare time I like to ride my bike, play with my three-legged cat Ginger Ale, sew, practice my Spanish, explore, and read. Enjoy your travels!
What do you like about working at our hostel?
I love interacting with people from all over the world and I am very supportive of providing affordable, communal accommodations for travelers.
What is your favorite thing to say in another language?
Do you have any stories to share about food which you have tried on your travels?
Before travelling to Havana, Cuba I heard from multiple people that the food was lackluster due to the lack of available resources. Nothing could be further from the truth! I stayed at a casa particular and was fed some of the most delicious food every day. Don’t believe everything you hear, try it yourself 🙂
What are the best ways to embrace a rainy day in Portland?
Dress for the weather and get out there. Alternatively some hot tea and a good book never disappoint.
What is one of your most memorable moments from a travel experience?
Hiking and ziplining through Cloud Forest in Boquete, Panama was unforgettable. Also when visiting the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland my favorite sunglasses flew off my face and over the edge of the cliffs in a gust of wind.
What is your next travel destination and why?
I would love to travel to Tokyo next. I am very interested in the culture and food and the sheer vastness of the city.
If there is one thing you recommend to see and do in Portland, what would that be?
Go hiking in Forest Park!
What’s your favorite thing to do in Portland which you won’t find in a travel guide?
Riding my bike through the southeast neighborhood. So many small streets and cute houses!