I can’t remember the first time I heard that Portland is just like Austin—I just remember rolling my eyes. Psh, what? How could any other city even compare to my beloved ATX? Then when I discovered their slogan was the same as ours, I knew I had no other choice but to go and see for myself. I can now confirm that, yes, we are twin cities at heart (in regards to culture). Hipsters, funky thrift shops, coffee, craft beer, beards, tattoos, public art, people asking if their pizza is gluten-free, or waiting way too long in line for donuts… There were so many times I’d catch myself thinking, That’s so Austin. It felt like home.
I will admit that Portland, or Oregon in general, has us beat on the whole ~nature~ thing. I’ll let you be the judge.