We visited the city a lot during our stay in Portland and got the chance to see a few things touristy and a few things recommended to us by our friends that live there. I feel like no matter what you decide to do or eat here you cannot possibly go wrong. We spent some time exploring the Oregon Zoo, got a bite at Voodoo Doughnut, enjoyed some hot coffee at Stumptown, played arcade games at Ground Kontrol in Chinatown, got more coffee, ended up lost in Powell’s Books, then found more coffee. We got to the top of Pittock Mansion for that amazing view everyone talks about and had the most amazing dinner at Urban Farmer (c/o Antoine the badass chef). I would move here for the food alone, but the nature is pretty solid as well. Portland was great to us. Thank you to our friends for inviting us and showing us around, we will definitely be back ❤
P.S. Yes, I had to wear my hipster glasses the entire time because one of my contacts broke and I didn’t bring any backups (like an idiot). Luckily it worked well for the vibe. Never again though…
If I could just drive along the Pacific Coast forever I would be extremely happy. There is a beautiful view around every corner and little areas where you can pull over to enjoy. The scenery along the coast is unparalleled and I definitely plan on coming back on our next road trip. Our final destination for the day was the Tillamook Cheese Factory. They have some of the best grilled cheese and mac n’ cheese and they also sell ice cream and give out free cheese samples! Talk about heaven on Earth! There is also a shop where you can buy a million different types of cheese and a viewing area where you can see the factory workers making it. We headed back to Portland after this for dinner, drinks, and some sleepy time, ready to gear up for the next full day of adventuring.
Wearing: Forever 21 top,One Teaspoon shorts, Fossil watch, Ray Bans, Converse
For the last day in Mexico we decided to head North of Tulum (where we were staying) to Chichen Itza, one of the most well known Mayan ruins sites in the Yucatan. El Castillo is the enormous pyramid that sits at the center of an open courtyard and if you stand in front of the structure and clap your hands the sound will echo back at you in such a way that it sounds like a bird chirping, it is really extraordinary! There are so many massive ruins at Chichen Itza and I was blown away by the amount of detail carved into the stone. It is amazing how well preserved the entire site is so once again I can see why it impresses and continues to draw the masses.
On the same day we also went to Ik Kil, a cenote with an open roof with roots dangling down into it that was very different from Tankach Ha, which was more like a cave. The only way I can possibly describe it is like stepping into a magical fairy land hidden in the ground, like a sunken pool with crystal clear water and thick flora. I would definitely love to come here again in the early morning and have the place all to myself, it was just so damn beautiful!
This concludes our trip to Mexico. Wooo! It was so thrilling to immerse myself in the culture and enjoy all the beauty the Yucatan has to offer. There are still a dozen more places that I didn’t have the chance to visit, but all the more reason to go back, right? 😉 If you think of any really awesome places I may have missed out on in this area, just leave me a comment!
Wearing: H&M top, One Teaspoon shorts, Fossil watch, Ray Bans, Franco Sarto sandals
We took a bus to Coba, a city just north of Tulum, to explore the Mayan ruins there. The Nohoch Mul Pyramid is the tallest structure in the Coba ruins at 137 feet and you can actually climb up the 120 steps to the top where the view overlooks an endless jungle! It was really nice walking around under the cover of trees and stumbling upon all sorts ruins scattered throughout the area. After we left Coba, we took a taxi to a nearby cenote called Tankach Ha that was recommended to us by some locals who said it was their favorite cenote. There are a variety of types of cenotes in this area, but the Tankach Ha was very much like an underground cave with stalactites hanging from above enclosing a pit of groundwater, similar to a spring (in that the water was as cold as a spring!). There is a built-in spiral staircase that takes you down underground and suddenly opens up to this cave that you would never have known was there. It really is amazing, I can see why it was a local favorite! The staircase also has two separate “diving” platforms that you can jump off of into the water. We stayed for a while as I tried to coax myself into the cold water to go swimming, but I am so happy I did! By the time we left the cenote, all the taxis had left for the day so we had to walk back to the bus stop where we also found that all the buses had left for the night. Fortunately, everyone we asked was extremely helpful in giving us directions to a town close by that had taxis that would take us back to Tulum. So the takeaway lesson here is always make sure you have a way to get back!