The Portland Experience

Portland has overwhelming natural environments within an hour or two, and even in the city, too; fantastic global cultural fusion, represented by the Chinese and Japanese gardens and by hundreds of Asian and European food carts; the biggest, craziest, most social day or night literacy center in the U.S. with “Powell’s City of Books,” and last but not least, from “Tuba Christmas” (with 200 tubas) and “Drunken Santas” with 1,000 Santas to tech meet-ups and un-conferences like pdxgroups, barcamps, and Ignite — people in Portland know how to self-organize.

Pacific coast at Manzanita, Oregon
Pacific Coast at Manzanita, Oregon

Mt. Hood near Portland, Oregon
Mt. Hood near Portland, Oregon

Tuba Christmas, Portland, Oregon

Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon
Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon

Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon
Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon

Powell's <i>City of Books</i>, Portland, Oregon
Powell's Books, Portland, Oregon

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