Meet Mapenzi: a registered nurse, Portland dweller, and one of Portland’s founding Lyft drivers. Born and raised in Zambia, he moved to the U.S. in 2007 for school, got his associate’s in business, then shifted careers to work in medicine. Today, Mapenzi is a registered nurse in pediatrics in Portland, where he’s been for eight years.
Mapenzi’s path to Portland was unconventional, but that’s what he loves about the city — most people in Portland are far from ordinary. Coming from a foreign place and being accepted so openly left a big impact on Mapenzi. He loves that in Portland, you’re always just steps away from meeting new people or trying food from new cultures and places, and Mapenzi strives to share these experiences with the people in his life.
Mapenzi’s #MySecretPortland Tip:
Head over to Mapenzi’s local haunt, the Cheerful Tortoise, for $2 chicken wings on Thursdays. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, he recommends getting out of the city for a hike around Multnomah Falls.
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