Whether you are Dutch or not, moving to a new area brings along a lot of excitement. There are new places to visit, events to attend, food to try, and people to meet. However, some things are irreplaceable, and don’t travel with you. Because what about friends, familiarity and food?
Discovering Portland on foot was high on our to-do list. After our trip to the Oregon Brewers Festival, which included successful parking near PDX and riding the MAX to the center, we already knew that our car had no business downtown. Since I am a huge fan of the London Walks, I figured it would be fun to do a guided walk in the “City of Roses” as well.
As a Dutchman I probably have an exponentially large love for electronic music. A.k.a. EDM, dance or whatever it’s called these days. It’s what I grew up with. Here in the US it is gaining more traction as a popular music choice. If you have some catching up to do: there has been some epic stuff throughout the years. A current song by Disciples refreshed my good memories about this certain type of electronic music. These songs get under your skin in a good way, with a bass line that keeps going long after the song has stopped. The vocals, if present, seem to float on the river of beats. From Technotronic to Disciples, these are the dance tracks that prove that this genre has classics that can stand the test of time.
As soon as I found out that this year’s Oregon Brewers Festival would feature a brewery from the Netherlands, I was out the door. What a great excuse to spend a sunny summer day in Portland. The Red Line of the MAX Light Rail conveniently stopped just a block away from the festivities at Waterfront Park.
As we steadily get to terms with the natural wonders that Washington and Oregon have to offer, our first big (more than a leisurely stroll) hike had us start and finish at a tourist trap: Multnomah Falls. Busloads of people drive up here (good luck on that) to take in the grand and picturesque sight. The United States Forest Service credits these falls as the second tallest in the country. Whether that is true or not, it most certainly earns that title in its home state. Either way, we needed to dilute the touristy aspect, up the physical effort, and see more waterfalls. The Multnomah-Wahkeena Loop was just what we were looking for.