On the move again

What? You didn’t think I was going to stay in Arizona forever, did you?

As of January 5th, Eoin and I will be living just outside Portland, Oregon. Yes, moving again so soon is not ideal but at the same time Portland sounds lovely, and it will give me the chance to have a bit of a winter. Oh yes, Portland, unlike Arizona, is cold. Actually, the climate is much like the one I’m used to at home in Ireland. Yay for seasons!

Below is (a really crude, in hindsight) map to show you where I’m at now and where I’m headed.

Now, isn’t that informative? I like to think of my new home as “just a California away.” We’ll be living there from the beginning of January til the very end of April/start of May, after which we’ll be coming back here for a long stint.

So what do I know about Portland?

  • It’s one of the greenest (as in, most eco-friendly) cities in the United States. That means the public transport up there is top-notch. (Although I’m driving now, I like to have options. And drinks.)
  • It’s famous for having a thriving music scene. Bands like Modest Mouse and Death Cab For Cutie originated in Portland and apparently (if you can believe Wikipedia) it’s where Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love met way back when.
  • One of its nicknames is Beertown. Why? Cos it’s home to lots of micro breweries. HELLO, BEER.
  • It’s very leafy. Leafy is good. I like leafy.
  • The Roloffs live there. And yes, before you ask, I intend to stalk them. Especially Jeremy, the 20-year-old son I’m not ashamed to say I have a crush on.

Overall, I really like the sound of Oregon. It rings my bell. Now all I have to worry about is the small matter of moving house. It feels like I only unpacked all this crap yesterday but c’est la vie. In this case though, the shipment shouldn’t take as long to reach us cos a) customs won’t be a factor and b) surely they can just put it all in a truck and drive it up to us. I would be less worried if we weren’t going away for Christmas. Oh didn’t I tell you? I’ll be raising a margarita to Baby Jesus from here as of next week:

That’s Isla Mujeres, just off Cancun, Mexico. EXCITED!

Have you been to Portland? Any tips for things to do in Oregon? Sharing is caring.


8 thoughts on “On the move again

  1. I spent a day in Portland. It’s lovely. Since I didn’t have much time, I only got to do one thing there, and that was visit the Japanese garden. Definitely worth it, especially in spring. You might get to see the Sakura (cherry blossom) bloom.
    They city centre is nice and compact, and there’s a free tram that goes around downtown. If your into reading, check out Powells. It’s the biggest book shop on the west coast, or something.
    I put my livejournal as the website link. I’ve written a bit on Albuquerque there, if you are interested.

    • Hey Ria, love your blog! I had no idea the altitude in Albuquerque would be such a pain. My poor asthmatic lungs wouldn’t like it. I’ve been cycling around lots too! Would be lost without my faithful bike.

  2. Been to Portland. Stayed in a hotel there and was the only occupant not competing in a cheerleading/beauty pageant…the halls were full of practising, annoying brats. They have one of the biggest malls in america and a rather nice aerial tram that is very cheap. Oregon is home to Nike…Beaverton? or am I making that up. enjoy.
    and can you not ‘swing past’ California on your ‘way through’?

    • I am obsessed with a show called Toddlers & Tiaras at the moment so what you’re describing sounds good to me. Definitely gonna hit LA in the new year – I’ll look you up! PS Beaverton. Snigger.

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