I’ve wanted to visit Portland for a while now, so it was definitely something on the list before I returned to the UK. Portland is such a chilled out city – plenty of breweries, greenery, food carts and public art. I stayed in the very pretty Northwest Hostel (third picture), it looks a bit like an American horror house. Some of the things I loved were Powell’s Books (with its special room on the top floor with rare books, including a signed copy of Edward Gorey’s book), Cacao’s hot chocolate, Voodoo Donuts (open at 3AM, whaaat!), street names (Flanders, Lovejoy, Quimby… where a few of the Simpsons characters got their names) and beer (I hope to bring back some to the UK – but we’ll see).