First time in this magical land, and I still have to discover it more.
What I see thus far is like living in a dream:
colorful bright trees, perfectly paved streets, calm and peaceful air, clouds and the view that goes on and on
amazing places to eat, great service, amazing foods!
Special services and special original ways of doing this:
-- had never seen a sign in the bathroom at the airport saying "COAT HOOK" -- finally a place to hang your coat while watching your suitcase, purse and needing to wash your hands. Very practical idea indeed.
And at the restaurant last night, THIS is something new to be stolen by other restaurants of this kind. First of all they sell glorious products, like gift ideas, unique candies in little bags, dishes with painted insects (for Halloween) and marvelous FOODS of all kinds -- unique breads, large cookies, brownies, wines, and foods for a meal served in original and artistic ways.
BUT the most unusual thing is that from the hour of 6:30-7:30 certain foods at 50% off! You ask the waiter/cook to serve you one of the delicious mixed vegetables, or lasagnas or salads, or fruit, all at 50% off! They give you a colored sticker with the price on it, you take all to the cash registar and pay. Then you seat yourself, and voila'. You have the most delicious and inexpensive dinner, while you admire the cooks making other dishes in front of you. VERY original and very pratical. This way they get rid of their food, make money, and at the same time satisfy people who want to eat out and save. The food by the way, was great!!
Portland seems to work very well. It is a city that pleases the people who are here. It looks very organized, and has a downtown that has old buildings built into the most interesting shops. Still have to discover more, just got here yesterday, late afternoon.
Portland -- it will be a very pleasant memory, I am sure.