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Visiting Portland’s Sister City Suzhou While Still in Portland

Because of another conference being held after the conference we were at, the hotel was at full capacity. Meaning we had to check out at 12 noon. Meaning we had about five hours to kill before leaving for the airport.

So, though it was misty/rainy outside, I just bought a light jacket, Googled things to do in Portland, and headed east to the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Chinatown.

Rainy Portland

Much different city when it rains


Walking Portland, Burning Calories After One Serious Burger!

Work took me to a conference in Portland [Oregon, not Maine] for a few days. I heard a lot about Portland, about the Pacific Northwest in general, mostly about the rain, how much people like outdoor activities, and that they don’t do sweet tea like it’s done in the south.


SW Hawthorne Bridge crossing the Willamette River.



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