A friend of mine came to visit me recently. She is from Pennsylvania, right on the border, about 30 minutes from Washington, DC. She had never been to the PNW before. She spent an evening with her husband in Portland then came down to visit with me for 5 days. So, one day I took her to Portland. Anyway, I was reading through this forum and noticed a common theme. So I thought I would share the observations that she made about the lovely city of Portland.
1st, I took her to Powell's. Which she was completely overwhelmed at. I had to rush her out of there because I thought she was going to go into overload and explode.
2nd, we thoroughly explored the Pearl District. She was extemely impressed with the cleanliness. She was impressed, as one who has lived in DC, with the amount of amenidities and stores that you could get ~ all within walking distance. What puzzled her, where all the dogs. It seemed every person walking down the street, was walking their dog. Then seeing the dog salons, the dog food bowls outside businesses and so on, had her cracking up. She said you would never see that in DC.
3rd, we went down to Pioneer Square. Again, impressed with the cleanliness (as compared to DC). Loved the look and "feel". She was not bothered with the homeless people. In fact, she thinks it was nothing, again compared to DC.
What she kept saying over and over is: It's so clean.
Anyway, it was interesting to "see" your home experienced through someone elses eyes. And it gave me a deeper appreciation for the state/town/place, we all live in.