Atlas Weekly: July 5th

Wow. Where did June go? I can’t believe another month has gone by, and I’ve been in Portland now for over 4 weeks!


I had a few more guest posts published this week which has been very exciting. One for the Globetrotter Guru about my 5 Favorite Free Things to Do In Melbourne, another for the Global Couple on Hiking the Tongariro Crossing in the Snow, and one that came out yesterday as a collaboration post for The Boho Chica about Travel Fears.

It has been quite the week!


I’ve kept mainly to my little corner of the Alberta Arts District this week. With an added freelance workload and a general lack of energy from the heat, I haven’t had much of a chance to actually explore Portland. I know, bummer. I should really get on that before the rain starts again.

However, I did do a few things this week.

On Sunday, I kept my promise of drinking really good beer with the volunteer tickets I received for the Portland International Beerfest. I focused on a lot of sours because they’re just so good in hot weather, but tried my fair share of IPAs and barrel-aged dark beers as well.


Did you know that Tuesday is two dollar beer night in Portland? Or at least that’s what it seems in Alberta. Every beer is around two dollars, including the craft beer from local breweries! So, Tuesday is my new Friday in Portland.

I signed up for a new student yoga deal ($30 for 30 days!) at The People’s Yoga near my house, and my body and mind couldn’t be happier. It’s one of those airy (and air conditioned) studios with big colorful Chinese lanterns. I have a full month to explore more of their classes, so far I’ve tried a Vinyasa Flow and a Gentle Hatha class and the instructors have been so nice and accommodating.

I’ve discovered more cafes and restaurants in the past week, surprise surprise! I didn’t know there could be a hipster taco place, but there totally is in Alberta. It’s called Stella Taco, and although it’s not really traditional Mexican, I had a quesadilla that was wonderfully flavorful and cheesy. This could perhaps be a new guilty pleasure.

Other favorites from the week included a deep dish Chicago style pizzeria called Via Chicago, Townshend’s Tea that has a ridiculous amount of tea choices (including iced green tea!), and a southern barbecue restaurant called Podnah’s Pit.



I also started a new book this week, recommended by my boyfriend, called Ready Player One. It’s meant to be the adult’s version of Harry Potter, a mix between the Matrix and Willy Wonka, and I haven’t been able to put it down. Well, except to write this post. It presents an interesting topic, a bleak and depleted futuristic world that is easily escaped by an interactive video game.

We had a fun 4th of July last night, watching the fireworks from the Burnside Bridge. We continued the night after the show with grabbing burritos from a food truck, watching improv live music at Dante’s, and ending at the District before taking Lyft home.


It made me realize how little I’ve been out in Portland at night, the city really comes alive when the sun goes down.



Speaking of my boyfriend, it’s his birthday today! We’ll be celebrating by going on a tour with BrewGroup’s BrewCycle, a multi-person bike riding bar hopping experience. Yeah, it should be pretty fun.


Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July, I’ll see you next week!

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Travel Writer/Blogger at The Atlas Heart
Mimi founded The Atlas Heart to create a community of travelers inspired to see the world. The Atlas Heart is a space where you'll find anecdotes on slow travel, craft beer, outdoor adventures, and all the eccentric bits in between that this world has to offer.
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