When we hired our van from Los Angeles, we had three weeks till we had to return for our flight out. Our goal was to make it to Portland in Oregon and we are so happy that we did. We had experienced the most amazing nature on this drive and sometimes when we hit a big city we struggle to go from the peacefulness of the outdoors to the hustle and bustle. But this was not the case with Portland. Portland has to be one of our favourite cities, a place we didn't want to leave and will most likely return to. It has such charisma, such style and the people are ridiculously friendly. It is well known for its coffee and we can say that that was a highlight. There are eclectic little cafes and roasters everywhere, our favourite was the School House Electric. We saw some great live music and had too many restaurants to choose from, each one more delicious than the next. The only down side to visiting this city during the winter is the weather, if you are there during this period be prepared for rain, lots and lots of rain. One local told us it would now rain for 5 months straight, although i think that may be a slight exaggeration. But it didn't dampen our sprits and it is all that rain that makes oregon one of the greenest most lush states. The landscapes just outside the city are breathtaking. Thank you Portland, for letting us get caught up in your magic.
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San Francisco is a wonderful city. There is so much to see, but when you only have one day, its hard to choose what to do. To avoid the traffic we caught the ferry across to the famous Pier 39, on our way we saw Alcatraz and the amazing Golden Gate Bridge. Our first stop was to see the seals, which have taken over and made the pier their home. They smell disgusting but you could stand there all day and watch them, they are hilarious. We loved walking around the harbour, it has such a cool vibe. There are boats, seafood galore, buskers, markets and souvenir shops. After a morning on the water, we headed into the city. San Fran has some amazing architecture, beautifully designed town houses and apartment buildings, very different from anything we have back in Australia. We explored Haight St, where we found some yummy coffee and some very cool street art. This area has such an eclectic mix, it was great for people watching. We explored to the very last minute and had to make a mad taxi dash back to catch our ferry. But our lovely driver was able to drive us down the famous Lombard St, which is the crazy windy one, which was actually a lot of fun. It was such an awesome day, we love mixing up going to National Parks with trips to the city, but we are always ready to get back to nature after the hustle and bustle. The outdoors is definitely where our hearts feel at home.
We have arrived in New York! What a change from days at the beach, hiking and hot weather in Hawaii. We are in the heart of one of the most famous cities in the world, and it's amazing. We found ourselves a little apartment in the East Village, just down from the best little cafe joint called Ost and our new favourite, Whole foods. We are lucky enough to be here with some of our closest friends, Sam, and Luke from gotsoul.com.au, who we spent the day with exploring Brooklyn. What a happening spot, with hipsters everywhere you looked ;) There was some of the freshest street art, groovy vintage stores and tastiest cafe's we have been to. It is such a thriving place that obviously supports creative people and allows them to make their mark. We loved spending the day in Brooklyn, such a great way to get to know the Big Apple.