We arrived in Portland on the evening of January 25th, just over one week ago. We cashed in some frequent flier miles to fly first class on American Airlines, which allowed us to each check three pieces of luggage for free. We took the opportunity to transport as much clothing, shoes, toiletries, etc. as humanly possible so we only had to ship three large moving boxes via USPS (at a total cost of $150) for now. That was the extent of our move!
|arriving at PDX with all of our checked luggage|
|history of Sunnyside|
No need to own a car. Portland is made for walking with sidewalks everywhere plus ample bike lanes and extensive public transportation options. If you need your own wheels, there are car-sharing programs like Zipcar with more than 20 vehicles within a one-mile radius of our apartment. Also, there is a high percentage of Toyota Prius owners here; when we go for a walk I always see at least one Prius or other hybrid on every block!
Which brings me to one of the questions we get asked most frequently: "Why Portland?" There are many reasons we love our new hometown. Below, I've listed some of the most compelling that played the biggest role in us deciding to move here:
|entrance to our apartment - the three windows on the left, first floor, are our living & dining rooms|
|Trimet public transportation map|
|We just joined the Green Microgym, one of the world's first electricity generating gyms!|
|wall of beer at the Hawthorne Fred Meyer|
|food porn: "The Reggie" at Pine State Biscuits|
|Greg would fit right in wearing this cap|
|this picture was taken when we were here in 2010, but we got a glimpse of Mt Hood yesterday while walking in our neighborhood|
|thumbs up for Portland (and UT orange houses)|