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Portland.

It rained the whole time we were in Portland.  Not just drizzly rain, but full on horrible, drenching rain.  Therefore, I did not bring my camera out with me, and all of my Portland photos are from my phone.  Sorry.

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This is me and my second cousin Amy (our mums are cousins).  She lives in Oregon so we decided it would be fun to meet up for the first time :)

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Portland is weird, and I loved it.

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This is my friend Mel who lives in Portland, and who I haven’t seen since I was in Chicago in January 2009.  Hi Mel! Thanks for coming in to meet me :)

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I’m a barista in Whistler and we serve Stumptown coffee, which is roasted in Portland.  People go crazy for it, and I love the drinks we sell in Whistler, but going to one of the original stores was amazing.  Trust me, this coffee is like no other.  I ordered a soy cappuccino and as soon as I was finished I ordered another one to take with me, it was just that good.

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I got a bit confused trying to work out where this photo was taken, but I’ve just remembered it’s from Seattle, but as I’ve already posted my Seattle photos, it can just slip in here.  I’m bringing the sign to life in this shot, as you can see :)

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One evening, we decided to do Portland by Segway.  About an hour before our scheduled tour, we called them up and asked if it was still going ahead, because of the rain and wind quickly turning into a monsoon (no really, we were about to get hit with the tail end of an Asian monsoon).  Yep, they said, rain or shine.  So we went, and had a blast.  And got absolutely soaked to the skin, zooming through puddles up to our shins and squinting to see through the walls of rain.  While I was glad to get back to the hotel room and change into dry clothes, doing the Segway tour was so much fun, and I’d definitely do it again.  It’s a little nerve wracking at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s awesome!

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Not pictured is the immense amount of food eaten.  Wow, is all I have to say about Portland’s food culture.

And that was Portland, in a nutshell.  Next stop, Northern Ireland.  I’m currently sitting in Newark Airport, feeling like I’ve spent far too much time waiting around in airports the past couple of days, but the travelling is almost over, and I am more than excited to have a shower and wash my clothes :)

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Weekend.

I made it back to Leicester with no problems.  It was very very very cold when I stepped off the bus, but thankfully the snow had stopped (it has since restarted but I don’t mind, now I can enjoy it for its prettiness and not worry about travelling… for a few weeks).

I had a brilliant time with my mum and Steph, and was very sad to leave them both.
Time for photographic evidence of a good time had by all…

Mum and me at the Christmas lights exhibits in Leicester – if you’re new to my blog you’ll soon learn that stupid posed photos are my family’s ‘thing’!

On our way to Manchester – excited to see Steph soon!

Shopping and Manchester Christmas markets

Steph and Mum at breakfast at The Deaf Institute (breakfast was fantastic by the way)

The bathroom walls were covered in graffiti, it adds to the atmosphere of the place, so I helped out.

Just before we went our separate ways :(

When Mum got to the airport we discovered that one of the two airports in Belfast had cancelled its flights, and another airport not far from home had also closed.  Thankfully the one Mum was flying to stayed open and she got home, albeit a little late.

Thanks for an awesome weekend Mum and Steph, I had such a good time :)

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