Hipster Heaven

By: Val Mischka

I went to Portland, Oregon over Thanksgiving break and while I was there I felt like I was in a Twilight movie. Portland is home to hipsters; everyone there wears beanies, drinks coffee, and has piercings and tattoos. There are record shops everywhere and a lot of men have beards. Fashion has barely any role in Portland, because most people go for the “I just got out of bed” look.

Men and women alike wear jeans, raincoats, Doc Martens, and are always carrying a backpack. Unlike Cleveland, I didn’t see one person in yoga pants or Uggs. In Portland, using an umbrella means you’re a tourist. Everyone sticks to rain gear, so my family looked extremely out of place with our giant umbrellas. There is a Starbucks on every block, which I’m sure is every HB girl’s dream. At least it was for me since I have an addiction to Caramel Macchiatos. In Portland, not a lot of people drive cars, but ride bikes instead. Everyone cares about the planet, so don’t be the one to pollute the air!

A survival guide for Portland would be to wear a raincoat, always carry coffee in your hand, buy those temporary nose piercings, purchase a record player, and always wear a beanie because you wouldn’t care about how your hair looks when the early morning breakfast rush is in ten minutes. In my opinion Portland is “Hipster Heaven” and I would strongly recommend taking a trip there one day.