Hello all! I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. After spending 22 years there I realized it was the last place I wanted to be, so I sold all my belongings, packed my necessities into a backpack and headed for Oregon! I spent half a year volunteering, hiking, and thoroughly enjoying what life has to offer, then moved into Portland to get my city fix. I love Portland because it seems to be the perfect mix of nature and the city life. I love being outdoors, hiking, camping, and biking, especially in the rain. Yes that’s right, i love the rain! Having great tasting beer all around is a great bonus to living in Portland, and its a nice feeling to know I can head any direction for a couple hours and have a great location to visit- forest, desert, coast, rivers, its all here. I’m looking forward to experiencing Portland in all of its glory, and you’re welcome to tag along for the ride!
What is your favorite bar in Portland?
I really enjoy HUB (Hopworks Urban Brewery). They have a couple organic beers that taste pretty great, and any brewery that serves good beer along with great food has my heart. Plus, its a “biker’s bar” making me feel just fine about stuffing my face and having another round, because I know I’ll just ride it off on my way out.
What are the best ways to embrace Portland on a rainy day?
Get out of the house! Sure, its not always nice to be cold and wet, but it can be nice to just let go and give yourself to the rain. It’s a good way of reminding myself there are things we cannot control or change, and often times that moment of acceptance is a beautiful feeling. But let’s be honest, not everyone is down for that, in which case I HIGHLY recommend going to Ground Kontrol on Couch and 5th. Have some beer, play some arcade games, win-win.
What do you like about working at our hostel?
I love coming to work each week and seeing new faces, meeting new people, and hearing new stories. I am very fortunate to be working somewhere that I get to see fellow travelers and people from all around the world in one place. I get to go home with a wider perspective on life and a better understanding of our world, and all the great people that live in it together.
If there is one thing that you recommend to see and do in Portland, what would it be and why?
Go experience the beauty of great beer! Where I grew up, it was all about selling lots of cheap beer, which I now call beer flavored water. There was little to no quality, and I thought that was just how beer was, until I moved to Portland. There are breweries, micro-breweries, and home-brewers scattered all over Portland all trying different recipes and combinations to give the best flavor and experience your taste buds can handle. It’s not about drinking lots of beer, its about finding one, two, or fifteen that you love, and really enjoying that beer. If you come to Portland, you can’t leave until you’ve tried a couple locally brewed brews. Its basically the law, but I don’t think anyone complains about it.