27 October 2014

Portlandia

This weekend my girlfriend, Ava, came to visit me. I was so happy to see her! I hadn’t seen her since our game at Whittier. On Friday, her flight landed at 8:15 p.m., so that meant a long ride downtown and figuring out the public transportation system. My first step was to take the Pio Express downtown. Then I was able to take the Max (part of the TriMet transportation system that takes you all around the city) out to the airport to pick her up, which I had never used before. It was so remarkably easy that it shocked me. Once we were finally reunited, we got right back on the Max and traveled back downtown to get some dinner.

Now Portland has such a wide variety of places to eat, from little food stands that line the street to fancy restaurants. So naturally we went to Buffalo Wild Wings. What can I say? We both love wings! It was a nice dinner that we used to catch up with everything that has happened at our schools.

The next day, after my football game, we went downtown to explore the city. The first place we headed to was Voodoo Doughnuts where they say, “The Magic is in the Hole!” It has strange but delicious doughnuts and people will hold their weddings there.  If you have never heard of it or been there, it is definitely a place you need to check out. Appropriately, right across the street from it is the “Keep Portland Weird” sign. Now through all this, Ava was constantly taking pictures and enjoying the view. While we were waiting in line for doughnuts, a very Portlandia incident occurred. As we stood there, a group of people dressed up as zombies and dancing to music passed us. They were dancing for some reason, but I didn’t get a chance to see what it was. Ava attends San Diego State University which she says is very “normal,” so seeing that was definitely a different experience from San Diego!
Outside waiting for doughnuts!
The unofficial motto of Portland. 

After Voodoo, it was on to the Nike store to browse the store and see all the cool, latest designs. We would have bought the entire store if we could have. A-lot-of-wishful-thinking-in-the-store later, we were off to the next store. Eventually we meandered our way to the bus stop and got back up to campus so that she could meet a few friends, and we could both relax for the night.

Early the next morning, we were back downtown to explore more! Sunday there was a half marathon titled “Run Like Hell,”  a Halloween-themed event. It was so funny and interesting to see all these people dressed up in Halloween costumes and running in them. The best one I saw was a man dressed in a leopard suit! After people-watching for a bit, we walked through a park along the Willamette River. After a while, we became hungry and discovered a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant called Brunch Box. It had all sorts of delicious breakfast food, but Ava and I both ordered grilled cheese sandwiches!  We did a lot more sight-seeing before Ava had to leave and say goodbye. It was a very good weekend, and I can’t wait for her to come back!

Until next time, guys,
Remington Campbell

P.S.- Here are a few more pictures! Oh, and Ava took all the photos. She is way more artsy than I am!