Day 108 of Traveling the World, Portland, Oregon. May 19, 2018.

The signs DO say KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD. And it is, and they do! What a breath of fresh air! We walked in the Nob Hill neighborhood and down NW 23rd Avenue. There were quirky shops, restaurants, bars….oops, “bottle shops”….and coffee houses. It was very vibrant and alive. We enjoyed the blast for our eyes when we went into the retail store 3 Monkeys, filled with everything you can think of on three levels.

Then we wandered down 23rd until we came to The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium and Museum. It is a store with all sorts of unusual items, and half of it is a museum. We don’t know if you can read the sign under the rotary dial telephone (1943-1974). It says, “This is how phone calls used to be made. Excruciating, isn’t it? Give it a try, if you can take the pain. We will not be held responsible for finger damage.”