Portland: Stopping to Smell the Flowers

By Valentine

I was staying about a 28 minute walk from the conference, which I took the opportunity to walk to early in the morning. I woke up at 6:30 a.m., was out of the house by 7-7:30 a.m. and had the opportunity to explore Portland on foot. I noticed the small aspects of my surroundings that I would never have discovered if I were in a car. I would watch the world become brighter, the sunrise filling the neighborhood. Not only did I save money not paying for public transportation ($2.50, which is not bad at all), but I was walking about two miles every day, which was a great way to be active.

While walking everywhere, I was able to look in shops, notice the details of a building, notice a poem posted, or literally smell the flowers. Here is a poem posted I discovered on foot:

         The Moon by Juan Luis Borges      

I could stop in anywhere or take a detour if I wanted; I had a lot more freedom on foot. Since I travel often, I prefer to walk or take public transportation, rather than order a car. 

The public transportation system was really great for everywhere I needed to go whether it was MAX (the light rail) or the bus system, it was usually reliable and the drivers were incredibly nice or helpful, which was most of Portland!

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