Portland is a city of passion. It seems like people do what they love -whether it involves food, art, bicycles, music, beer, or cars. Everyone takes time to enjoy and do things consciously. No one is in a rush to catch the Max rail. Even more amazing, drivers will even spare a few seconds to simultaneously stop on a four-lane road and wave pedestrians across the street the instant they reach a crosswalk. Although there seemed to be a record amount of smokers, the city is a place with which I felt a connection.
The little time I was able to spend exploring the city outside of working a conference has inspired me to snap out of the end-focused DC mindset and start living every day with happiness in mind. Thank you, Portland! You are a gorgeous city with wonderful people! I hope DC adopts a thing or two from you!