Australia, but from a smaller city that is quiet rural :)I haven't been to Portland... US cities that I have been to so far is mainly around the coasts like New York, SF, Miami, LA.
I was in Canada for almost two years also, which was nice.
Where in Spain are you planning?
Going to Paris from 1 September is very nice - still good weather, maybe a drop in tourists and businesses are probably back from their own summer holidays.