If you have spent any significant amount of time in Portland or have lived here all your life, chances are you have some pretty Portland-style habits. No matter where you go, you are going to bring these habits with you whether you just take a trip or decide to move from the City of Roses. Here are the top 10 habits that are hard to shake after living in Portland.
1. Getting Into Nature
Portlanders love nature, and we escape into it anytime the sun is shining, and even a lot of times when it isn't. We are an active group of people as a whole, and you will take this with you wherever you go.
Once you are well-versed in recycling, it can seem so wrong that it almost hurts to throw things in the garbage. All that glass, plastic and food scraps is just begging to be sorted, and hopefully you can find a local recycling center wherever you end up.
3. Knowing Your Beer
Portlanders might just be some of the most knowledgeable beer connoisseurs in the country. IPA, brown ale, blonde ale, or IRA, Portlanders know their stuff and can tell you their favorites of each. With over 80 breweries in the metro area, it is no surprise that we know our stuff. Thankfully, you can get many great Portland beers throughout much of the country, so you won't have to leave the beer behind.
4. In Season Never Tasted So Good
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In Portland, we are much more food conscious than in other places. We love our farmers markets and farm stands, and support seasonal eating in a way that many other places do not. Once you have tasted amazing varieties of strawberries, peaches, blueberries and raspberries at the peak of ripeness, it is hard to opt for the varieties shipped from across the country.
5. Skipping Fast Food
In Portland, fast food does not have the market share that it does in other places. Instead, we prefer fast food from food carts and other local vendors. It may be hard to go back, once you have developed a habit of eating amazing street food.
6. Visiting A Strip Club To Eat
While in most places strip clubs are solely for stripping, in Portland they are also a good place to get a meal. Whether you want steak, Chinese food, or vegan food, Portland strip clubs have the meal for you. You probably won't find the culinary variety or prices in many other places.
7. Knowing Where Your Food Comes From
We are much more concerned about where food comes from than in many parts of the country, and you may be disappointed when you leave that other people just don't put as much interest in this matter. That doesn't mean you have to stop though...
8. Ditching An Umbrella
We have wind, so in many cases an umbrella is futile. You can easily bring along a rain jacket and you will be bringing a little piece of Portland with you wherever you go.
9. Utmost Courtesy While Driving
Portlanders often have a waving frenzy of sorts at four-way stops, letting people go when it is not their turn, just to be nice. Or stopping in traffic to let people cross the street when there is no cross walk. We are nice people and just don't want to be a jerk. You must take a little of this with you, as other cities need a bit more courtesy on the roads.
10. Snow Shuts Down Life
This may be one of the hardest things to get over when you leave Portland. In most places, life continues as usual even amidst 1, 2, 3 or 4 inches of snowfall. Sure, we love our random vacation days whenever snow touches the ground, but you are going to have to ditch this mindset if you are going to last outside of our city.