Week 3 and Weekend 3 – Portland, Oregon

The weekdays went as usual. We had a 3 day weekend since Monday was a holiday, so I went with two of the US interns to Portland in Oregon, which is the state immediately to the south of Washington. It was a 5 hour drive. We left on Saturday morning and reached at about 1pm. We checked into a hotel, left our stuff there and set off.

First we visited Powell’s bookstore, which is the biggest bookstore in the world with over a million books for sale. One needs a week to properly see the store, but in the few hours I got I managed to see some sections…there were books on every possible topic and age…there was a room called the ‘Rare Books room’ which had books that were pretty old and costing quite a bit….I saw a book for $2500.

Anyhow, after this, we went for a movie (Hot Fuzz). The movie was supposed to be a comedy but I kind of didn’t like it that much though it was funny in a way. We finally got back at 11 and went to sleep.

The next day we woke up at 10 and went to the Portland Saturday market. It’s called Saturday market but is also open on Sundays. It is a big area full of stalls that sell all kind of things. There were also stalls that sold all kinds of food. We spent a few hours here and then left for kayaking. We reached the starting point, got on to our kayaks. I was in a kayak with one other person. There were others in single kayaks. Kayaking was different from rafting but still pretty nice. I kind of like kayaking a little better since you kind of have more control of the boat compared to rafting where you essentially are one of the six people controlling the raft. After kayaking, we went around the Pearl district and went back to the hotel.

On the third day, we again woke up late. We went to have brunch and then checked out and loaded the luggage into the car. Then we went to Washington Park. There were quite a few nice things to see there. One was the Rose Garden where I ended up spending a lot of time. There were also other gardens like the Japanese garden in the park. We stayed there till about 3 in the afternoon before leaving. We came back to Seattle and I slept off after having dinner.

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