Wednesday, February 23, 2011

some thoughts on travel: Portland no. 2

(top two images: Pearl Bakery; 3, 4 & 5 at Powell's Books; last images Clyde Common)

I wouldn't say I travel well. I pack too much. I worry about our cats, the house burning down or flooding, packages in need of a signature. I take forever settling into a hotel room, and I like to come back to the room and relax periodically. Still and all, it is good - even important - to leave home now and again. It's important for me to remember that where I live and how people are, how things function here, it is not the center of the universe. I have fun trying new restaurants, bakeries and cafes, among other things. As a tourist I feel free to talk to strangers more; I think I slow down and I'm warmer. I'm less distracted with my family. I walk more - something I miss in my daily life, and that I loved at those points in my life when I lived in more urban settings.

9 comments:

Li + Belle said...

Portland is a beautiful city. I wish I could see it.

jen j-m said...

wow, these are incredibly gorgeous photos!! you are making me miss portland - even though it's been forever since i loved there.
i know what you mean about being away from home. it's hard to make the shift in your brain, but so so good when you do.

Purple Flowers said...

Beautiful photographs. I too, like to get away (last weekend in Vermont), however, I love to come home!

Ina in Alaska said...

I like Portland, a very nice place to visit. Have fun!

Stacy said...

I'm loving your pictures of Portland. We went there for the first time last summer and loved it! We would move there in a heartbeat if it wasn't for pesky immigration and it being a different country and everything. Thanks for sharing!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Travel does offer ups and downs, but lessons too. I so agree with your perspective "to remember that where I live and how people are, how things function here, it is not the center of the universe". Such important things to know.

KPiep said...

All things I'm trying to remember as I was just thinking about the fact that I wish I enjoyed traveling more than I do.

Becky said...

These pics have the exact same light that I remember from Portland on our one trip out there. Gorgeous. I'm glad y'all are having a good time. Isn't Powell's wonderful?

Francesca said...

I also walked a lot more when I lived in a city, which seems a bit of a paradox. But in a city you don't want to have a car (at least, in a european city where parking and traffic are impossible), and so you walk everywhere, whereas in the country you must have a car, and drive to places!