Friday Night Auction Experience

Friday Night Auction Experience
[caption id="attachment_1208" align="alignnone" width="640"] Estate Sales Unlimited Friday Night Auction[/caption] Our Airbnb hosts love auctions and attend them regularly. They buy and sell, keep, and gift all kinds of things they find at auctions, including cars which they transform into batmobiles (well, they've only done this once.) (more…)

Portland Farmers Market

Portland Farmers Market
[caption id="attachment_1170" align="alignnone" width="640"] Portland Farmers Market[/caption] Today, we went to the Portland Farmers Market downtown (my idea). When we lived in Durham, NC, the hours of the Saturday Farmers Market were 8am - noon. My question is: who wants to wake up that early on a Saturday? We certainly don't, we like sleeping. So when I found out that the market here in Portland ended at 2pm I was happy. We left the house around

The Best Language Learning Method

The Best Language Learning Method
Throughout my life I have tried learning new languages with different methods. I took French class in 4th grade, 5th grade, and again in 10th grade. And even though I aced all of my tests and I happened to be really good at it, I still cannot have a normal conversation with a French person. I did retain the basics like: what is your name, how old are you, please, thank you, hello, goodbye, excuse

Oregon Buddhist Temple

Oregon Buddhist Temple
Our hosts here in Portland, Diane and Jason have been the greatest. We learned that Diane is Buddhist and she attends the Oregon Buddhist Temple. Yesterday she was going for the weekly 10am service, and we asked her if he could tag along. (more…)

I made mattar paneer and saffron rice

I made mattar paneer and saffron rice
[caption id="attachment_1054" align="alignnone" width="640"] Saffron rice with cashews and mattar paneer[/caption] Last Sunday, I made two Indian recipes I had wanted to try: Mattar Paneer which is a north Indian dish of paneer (the most common type of cheese used in South Asian cuisines) and peas in a lightly sweet and spicy sauce. And saffron rice which is pretty self-explanatory. I find Indian food complicated because of the amount of ingredients needed. This recipe for

I made mattar paneer and saffron rice

I made mattar paneer and saffron rice
[caption id="attachment_1054" align="alignnone" width="640"] Saffron rice with cashews and mattar paneer[/caption] Last Sunday, I made two Indian recipes I had wanted to try: Mattar Paneer which is a north Indian dish of paneer (the most common type of cheese used in South Asian cuisines) and peas in a lightly sweet and spicy sauce. And saffron rice which is pretty self-explanatory. I find Indian food complicated because of the amount of ingredients needed. This recipe for

Liebster Award

Liebster Award
Thanks to Michael from Musings of an Expatriate for the nomination! Michael is from Florida and got his TEFL certification to have the opportunity to teach and travel. His first and current location is Orizaba, Mexico. (more…)

The Joy of India: From The Archives (Part II)

The Joy of India: From The Archives (Part II)
[caption id="attachment_1026" align="alignnone" width="640"] The Black and White Tree Lovers.[/caption] Yesterday I shared with you a few photos from our trip to India last January. Today I share with you a few photos I found from my trips to India from years ranging 2006-2013. (more…)