A Lovely Saturday In Portland

A Lovely Saturday In Portland

portland autumn

Yesterday (Saturday), we woke up and decided to treat ourselves to a nice brunch. We found a place downtown Portland through Google that sounded good to us. It ended being perfect. The Veritable Quandary is in downtown but away from the hustle and bustle with an amazing outdoor dining space and a glass-walled dining room. It is walking distance from the waterfront where we really enjoyed a digestive walk afterwards.  Continue reading

Friday Night Auction Experience

Friday Night Auction Experience
Friday Night Auction

Estate Sales Unlimited Friday Night Auction

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.) Continue reading

Portland Farmers Market

Portland Farmers Market
portland farmers market

Portland Farmers Market

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 11am with still plenty of time to hang out at the market.  Continue reading

The Best Language Learning Method

The Best Language Learning Method

pimsleur language

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 me, counting, food names, etc… and I can understand a lot of it when I watch movies and especially when I read it. But I cannot speak it conversationally!  Continue reading

Things I Miss From My USA Life: Checklist

Things I Miss From My USA Life: Checklist

Last July and August, I posted a list of things I missed from my US life in India. When we moved to India 3 months ago, neither Josh nor I had plans to come back to the US in the near future (if ever).  But last week we bought tickets to PDX and have been enjoying this American life very much so. During the last 6 days of our stay here, I have been experiencing many of the things in the lists I made.  Continue reading

We drove a Batmobile

We drove a Batmobile

batmobile

On Friday, Sept 27th when we arrived to Portland, our Airbnb hosts (whom we had never met before) picked us up at the airport. A few minutes before arriving to their house, Jason told us that they have a Batmobile. He said he had bought a Lincoln Town Car at a car auction and transformed it into a Batmobile. He wasn’t kidding. We arrived to their house, and sure enough, there was a Batmobile parked on their driveway.

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Oregon Buddhist Temple

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. Continue reading