Place 71 – Day 4: Portland, OR – Riverside Walk, Beer And Spirits Festival & Arcade Bar

Riverside Walk

We had our breakfast with our new found friends and had plans to go to the Saturday morning market.

It just so happened that the market is not on until March, so we couldn’t do that.

We all walked towards the river, stopping for a coffee on the way.

We started walking down beside the river, until we were getting hit by rain and hailstones, so we changed our plan of action and walked towards downtown.

We went into a few quirky shops and looked around a bit before we all decided we were tired and wanted to go back to the hostel.

The people we were with went for a trip quite far away to a waterfall but we relaxed for a bit as we didn’t sleep great last night.

We did go out briefly to grab a slice of pizza, which we got from somewhere called ‘Escape From New York’.


Escape From New York | Portland, OR

Rating:- 8/10


Beer & Spirits Festival

In the evening, we went to a beer and spirits festival.

We got an Uber to a brewery which had tents full of ‘parings’ of a beer and a spirit. We were given 10 tickets for our $25 every fee. This got us different drinks depending on what we chose.

We had a pairing to start, but the beer wasn’t great so we just went around and had a few different spirits. There was a cool band playing and making it a pretty good atmosphere

We left after not too long and being a little tipsy, we got back in an Uber and went back to the hostel.

Dinner

We got back and saw some people from our hostel but then we needed dinner so we walked to a place called August Moon for some Chinese food.

The food wasn’t tremendous and neither was the service, but it did do the job.


August Moon | Portland, OR

Rating:- 3.5/10


Arcade Bar

Later in the evening, after dinner, we went with one other person to an arcade bar called Ground Kontrol.

This place is a bar in which there are a lot of oldschool arcade machines and pinball machines.

We paid $3 entry each and then each machine was between 25c – 75c.

We played for an hour or two but didn’t need any drinks so didn’t buy any of those.

Kim Playing Pinball

Curtis Playing Pinball

The place was pretty cool and unique, a little busy and warm and all the good games are always taken, but it was worth it!


Ground Kontrol | Portland, OR

Rating:- 7.5/10


We got back and it was pretty late so therefore bedtime.

We leave Portland at 19:00 tomorrow.

We’ve had a really great time here and met some great people, so we’re really happy we’ve done this trip.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 49 – Day 337: Auckland – Friday Jams Live!

We didn’t do all too much until this afternoon. We had a simple breakfast, did some laundry and then go ready for the day.

At 14:00, we left the house to go to Western Springs Stadium!

We drove to Curtis’ work, parked there and then walked 30-40 minutes to the stadium as there was no nearby parking.

We got to the stadium and got right into the cue! We had premium seats (the 2nd best!) So our cue wasn’t very long.

We milled around for a while in the park before the stadium opened (later than planned!).

We were then into Friday Jams Live! This is a mini festival (6 hours) of throwback R&B music from;

  • Kings
  • Che-Fu
  • Ginuwine
  • Estelle
  • Next
  • Taio Cruz
  • Eve
  • Naughty By Nature
  • Fatman Scoop
  • Salt n’ Pepa

And finally, Usher & Lil Jon!

What an awesome time we had! This was 6 hours without a break from music and when there wasn’t an artist on stage, there was a DJ keeping up the awesome music!


Kings


Che-Fu

Ginuwine

NEXT

Eve

Salt n’ Pepa

Usher and Lil Jon at the end were fantastic and kept it going for a while, too, with a big mix of songs.

We left very happy and quite hungry! We walked back to the car and drove back home, making a stop at McDonald’s on the way.

We had a really great time, though our legs, feet and backs hurt after standing in one spot for so long…luckily we had an amazing spot to watch from. We’re very tired and confused why it was on a Sunday night, but it was still awesome!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 62 – Day 2: Bland Bay 🇳🇿 – Jetskiing & BBQing

We woke up around 09:00, had a coffee and then Kim made some pancakes with bacon.

The sun came out pretty quickly so it quickly became hot!

Some of Josh’s family came up to join us in the festivities in the morning. We all chilled out for a while and then Kim, Daniellle and Josh went out on the donut for a few bumps around!

Later in the afternoon, some of the guys went out to fish.

Whilst they were fishing, we walked with the others across the road to another beach and then around the corner to yet another beach. We did have to go over some rocks to get there, though.

We walked all the way back and got back to the house where we briefly chilled out and then Josh took Danielle and Kim out on the Jetski!

Once they got back, it was almost time for dinner! Josh’s family went home and then Curtis and Josh lit a pretty mean fire whilst the BBQ was being cooked.

We sat around the fire for a few hours before coming inside and having some dessert of chocolate cake, strawberries and some lemon pie.

We all went to bed pretty early…being outside all day does that to you!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale