I am currently in NW Portland and thus far I'm not experiencing the euphoric Portland experience touted widely. It's like the entire homeless population of Golden Gate Park had a mass exodus to NW Portland? I've been asked for money in the last 24 hrs more times than I get hit up for change in NYC.
I headed out this morning looking for Voodoo Donuts and the Lan Su Chinese Garden (where I am now). I passed a bunch of transients/mentally ill folks (including a woman who had a bubbly giggle as she walked up to me to address me as "cutie" and not even ask me for change?) along with 2 big lines for mission handouts. When I hit Voodoo Donut there was also a line. It was like they asked everyone gainfully employed in this joint to support Voodoo Donuts at noon?
So I am chilling at the garden for a while and will try to attain vegan donuts later. I almost didn't pay the $9 to get into this 1-block garden but I have been trying to focus on *experiences* rather than purchases this trip. I had a mental meltdown last night when we arrived, we passed all these cute shops in SW Portland and my boyfriend kept mentioning "there's no sales tax!". And our hotel is 1 block from a Buffalo Exchange and "the quality of vintage is better put here".
I did buy 2 solid perfumes @ Whole Foods this morning when I shoppe for our incidentals - but I have been missing La'occitane's grapefruit citron solid perfume for a while.
I can't promise I'll stay strong the whole trip but I'm trying to keep London in mind. What's London got to do with it? Just a little 4 day trip I took a few years ago where I was so jazzed about the shopping opportunities that I barely soaked up anything culturally. While it's true that using a Lucky shopping guide did bring me to a lot of cute areas where we were exposed to "non-shopping" London by default, I shudder to think about planning a trip like that again. The one purchae from that trip I still know I have is a sacred heart ring from Crazy Pig that I wear daily. (I tried to buy a huge silver Zira ring to go with my NYC-purchased Dr Zaius ring but it was sized for man hands).
Anyway, wish me luck! I have been in the garden for well over an hour and I am heading out to see if vegan donuts will be available to me without waiting in line.