Portland April 05, 2017
9 Things You Quickly Learn When You Move To Portland
Recent transplants find the learning curve when moving to Portland, like anywhere else, is relatively quick. If you haven’t already acclimated to our lovely town, here are 10 things to think about as you get accustomed to the City of Roses that will ensure your easy transition.
1. The Art of Separating Your Garbage
If you have spent your time somewhere that doesn't separate garbage, compost and recycling, this will be confusing. When you get your garbage schedule from the city, hang the separating guidelines on your refrigerator for easy access when deciding what to dump, recycle or compost, and you will catch on quickly.
2. A Bike Is Best
If you left your bike behind, you may regret that decision. Thankfully, there are many places you can buy (or rent) a bike here and soon you will know that it is just easier to ride a bike to some places.
3. Airport Carpet is Everything
We are particularly attached to our airport carpet here and people taking pictures of their feet on it is commonplace.
4. The Line At Voodoo Donuts Is A Trap
If you want a Voodoo Donut, head to their eastside location, or better yet, check out one of the many other donut shops in town.
5. Beer Is Not Just Beer
If you don't already know before you move, you will quickly learn the difference between a lager, IPA, stout, and porter. You are in beer land now and knowing what you like will make the decision all the easier.
6. A Good Rain Jacket Is Your Friend
Bring it everywhere. You never know when you might need it and it always seems to rain if you forget it.
7. Street Food Is Right On Time
It's hard not to frequent food carts in Portland, and that is okay. Dig in and support these local businesses and your stomach will thank you.
8. Casual Is the Dress Code
If you think you want to dress up to go somewhere because that is what you may do wherever you are from, go for it. But do realize that most people will be wearing jeans.
9. It's A Good Idea To Start An Emergency Kit
If you haven't read that article that came out in the New Yorker about the devastating earthquake looming in our future, give that a read, and then promptly get started on building your emergency kit.
What else is part of life in Portland? Feel free to share your thoughts below.