I was lucky enough to grow up in Portland. Born on the NE side, I had the whole city right outside my window. I spent my childhood playing soccer, reading Harry Potter and developing a borderline un-healthy obsession with the Beatles. I graduated from an arts high school, where I originally went for theater, but transitioned into visual arts, mostly painting, photography and ceramics. I went to COCC in Bend for a few semesters, studying journalism and music history, but found the weather too cold and dry and longed for the busy city. In 2010, I finally made it to Europe. Unfortunately I was there during the chaos of the Icelandic volcano eruption, which changed my plans and took me through Germany and Austria, and got me lost in Slovakia, which is a beautiful country, but it helps to speak the language. Despite all the confusion, I made it back to the states, but not before a trip to London, where I finally made it to Abbey Road. I realized I had to live there someday (London, not Abbey Road), and almost didn’t want to come back to America. Though my dreams lie overseas, my heart will always be in Portland. I love this city. All this weirdness is my home.
What is a “hostel highlight” from your travels?
While staying in Prague, I got to experience the awesomeness that is Sir Toby’s hostel. The front desk was manned by an amazing girl named Petra (who I still keep in contact with on Facebook), who made our stay magical. The other guests varied from all corners of the globe, and their kitchen/pub was impressive. Delicious food, cheap beer and a beautiful city, I couldn’t recommend it more. Prague is a absolutely beautiful place, full of history, both sad and hopeful. Be sure to take the free walking tour, and look for the cat in the coffee shop!
What is your favorite pub?
The Horse Brass on 45th and Belmont. It’s like stepping into England, from the food, to the ridiculously expansive, ever-changing beer menu. Their fish and chips are to die for, and the knowledgeable bartenders will find you a beer you’ll love. When in doubt, Horse Brass.
What is your favorite food cart?
The Sin Wagon on 4th and Oak. Deep fried mac and cheese balls. Need I say more?
What’s your favorite thing to say in another language?
Ich glaubte zu träumen (zu träumen)
Im Rücken war kalt (so kalt)
Schüsse reissen die Luft (reissen die Luft)
Doch wir küssen
Als ob nichts geschieht (nichts geschieht)
Und die Scham fiel auf ihre seite
Oh, wir können sie schlagen
Für alle zeiten
Dann sind wir Helden
Für diesen Tag
What’s the best way to spend a rainy day in Portland?
Embrace it. Ride the max, go to OMSI, waste a day in a coffee shop, and keep in mind that all that rain makes our trees so green, our summers so lush, and our natives weird.