So on my last travel before leaving for Africa I flew back across country to visit a school in Portland, OR and a school in LA. My friend from high school (Marissa) and her boyfriend (Andrew) and their two dogs live in Seattle, WA and they drove down to have a weekend in Portland and so we could all hang out. It was GREAT! I haven't seen Marissa in years and we had a lot of catching up to do PLUS i had to meet Andrew and the pups. We stayed in an AWESOME hotel in Portland called The Nines and it is worth looking up on their website because it is great. Then we went to dinner in an old school house that is converted into a restaurant, bars (like a mini bar in the janitors closet), and a hotel (the classrooms). It is the greatest idea and it was great food (well after one was returned...then it was all great)! I had such a great time seeing and meeting them all and i am so glad that they came down for the weekend.