The City of Sails

New Zealand

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The City of Sails

Fiji was incredible, but after two weeks we were surprised to find ourselves ready to leave. I suppose we don’t have the characteristics necessary to become full time islanders. New Zealand, however, may be our best fit yet. Impeccably clean pedestrian friendly streets, crisp produce-forward markets, green pastures, bike commuters, and good wine: we feel [...]

15 hours in Bela Horizonte

In a nutshell, it was a quick trip and we don’t have too much to report. We didn’t see as much as we should have, didn’t give the city too much of a chance, and really should have stayed longer. We didn’t stay for two reasons: we found the trip from Rio to Bela Horizonte [...]

New Years Day in Big Sur

My 7 years in Portland has been tangled by a not-so-secret long distance love affair. Ever since photographs of the Post Ranch Inn came across my inbox, i’ve harbored an obsession with Big Sur– often contemplating my escape into her arms while working away in my cubicle.  A visit on New Years Day seemed appropriate [...]

Pre-Trip

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Will it make you happy? My thoughts…

But will it make you happy -the now famous article published last week in the New York Times focused on the nation’s dramatic evolution towards simple (and frugal) living. The article was a nod towards our current living situation, and a reminder that we’re not the only ones who have gone through a complete financial [...]

Where the ocean meets my worries

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Where the ocean meets my worries

Dave and I got scuba certified 2 summers ago and have yet to dive anywhere outside of the cold northwest waters.  Personally the cold water diving experience, while adventurous, was murky and a bit claustrophobic for me.  I’m not completely sold on the sport yet (I react that way to most activities involving drastically cold [...]

Losing Portland

Yesterday was my birthday. It was not a significant number and thus didn’t really require a lot of celebration. But I was lucky enough to have a good friend in town. There was an added excuse to wander- walk the waterfront, drink hoppy microbrews, and appreciate this city through the fresh eyes of a person [...]

Bye Bye, Winter.

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Bye Bye, Winter.

The news tonight reported that spring is forecasted to come two to three weeks early this year.  Unlike the rest of the US, it seems we are lucky to have had abnormally good weather this winter.  So while the rest of the nation is drowning in record rainfall or shoveling their way out of more [...]