I landed in Portland back in 2001 and love everything about it. This is one of the most vibrant small cities that I have seen and has two amazing attributes: big city scene (art, culinary, nightlife, etc.) and small town feel.
I've had the opportunity to travel and live in foreign countries since I was a high school student and never get tired of learning new things and meeting people. One of the things that I like the most about traveling is history and the local culture, whether it's Spokane, WA or Urgup in Central Turkey. The important part is to getting to immerse into the local scene and explore, learn and experience.