My perspective on Portland has been in a constant state of change for the past 16 years. When I was younger, Portland felt like it was the size of the universe and there were infinite things to do. As I have gained more freedom Portland has become smaller and smaller. I feel confined yet comforted by the scenery both natural and man-made here in Portland. Although Portland has become smaller to me and easier to navigate, I still find that there are infinite things to do. Portland has to offer these beautiful scenes that are easily accessible by either walking, public transportation or biking. All these transportation options allow for numerous adventures among the city. I have found myself in places that I never knew existed. There have been 10 mile bike rides nearly straight up hill to reach a 105 year old house. There have been views from multiple sides of the valley and deep in the middle of it. I see dark scenes contrasted with Transcendentalist-like views of water and sunsets. The city of Portland to me is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The diversity of landscapes and backgrounds. One evening you may see the clearest sky you have ever seen and the next it will be gloomy and rainy. This is partially what I love about Portland. The North of Portland is perhaps the most boring part of town. The majority of the beauty of Portland hides in the center of town as well as the southern parts. Sellwood is a very calm and beautiful part of town that allows me to relax and feel the cool wind. The Alberta neighborhood as well as the Albina neighborhood give me a feeling of stress and high activity that takes away from the beauty. There are many beautiful shops around Portland that make the city much more exciting. There are record stores that smell like old paper. There are tiny coffee shops that look like rundown shacks. There are many diverse restaurants that expand your palate to the size of the world. Portland is one of the most wack yet beautiful towns I know.