Oregon

Summer 2019

During my summer in Seattle, a friend and I went on a three-hour drive to Portland for a day trip. It’s a city full of culture and unique places to explore.

We first visited the Japanese Garden in Washington Park. The modern architecture of the ticket and administrative buildings immediately stood out. Although not traditional Japanese design, it blended with the park design well, creating an aesthetic that I loved. It was refreshing to see a new take on architecture in Japanese gardens.

From the outside, the garden is deceptively small. In the middle, there is a large Koi pond with at least a hundred Koi. As we were watching them calmly swim up and down the pond, a staff member came up and hit the dock with a stick. All the Koi suddenly swam towards her as she started to throw food into the pond. Watching the Koi fight for food was a stark contrast to the tranquil state I saw them in just moments before.

After, we drove into downtown where we visited Voodoo donuts. It was a thirty-minute wait to get in, with the line stretching almost the entire block. However, only a few feet from the door did we know it was worth the wait – the smell of the donuts wafted out and made our mouths salivate. The donuts were crazily decorated with unique flavors, but that was definitely reflected in the price. Oh well, it was for an experience. It was fun to see the creativity that transformed a simple dessert into something so unique.

Only a block away was Stumptown Coffee Roasters. The aesthetic was beautiful – with no crowd our attention was on the drinks that were being made. They had amazing and caring baristas who helped us choose which beans to buy. Not to mention, the coffee was great.

We drove back to Seattle right before sunset. This was perfect, the golden hour light was passing by the trees, creating a fantastical feeling.