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Searching for Portland's soul

by Rian van der Merwe

Portland — This is my first visit to Portland, and the stakes are high. Our family made the decision to try to leave South Africa and move back to the US. Portland is our current city of choice, and I’ve been sent ahead on this reconnaissance mission to see what it would be like to live here. Right now I’m sitting in Coava Coffee Roasters, nervous as all hell ahead of some job interviews, and watching Portl...


The Portland Way

by Rian van der Merwe

Portland — In 15 years, I’ve discovered one very good reason to love this town: you can be yourself, or you can be someone else. Portland takes it all in stride—as long as there’s good coffee available. ...

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I love immersing myself in a new town's coffee culture.

by Rian van der Merwe

Portland — We arrived in Portland just over a week ago, and I feel different. Happy. Restless. Confused. Excited. Apprehensive. That’s all part of the deal, of course. Moving countries is not for the faint of he...


The most amazing smoothie you'll ever have. From a trailer.

by Rian van der Merwe

Portland — It’s 2pm on a summery Sunday afternoon in Portland, OR. Your wife and baby are sleeping. You and your 4-year old are wide awake, on the verge of boredom. What would you do? I reach for Yelp and type ...

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