USA centered information about myself and my surroundings
Dear lovely peopleS -Aloha!
This blog entry will mainly be in English. Why? Because Im an ambitious wannabe-blogger who is afraid of not becoming the famous super duper-blogger I dream about being unless I write my texts in the universal language of the Western civilization? (You thought that was Esperanto, didnt you, but no..its not).. -no, but because some of the people I write about here would maybe like to know what I actually write about them, therefore, Ill write in a language they understand (Especially Andrew would probably want to pay attention to the "harbor master" paragraph).
Anyways, life is good:) Im a happy girl in a happy place filled with happy people, hehe.. (no happy pills though, honestly) Also, who wouldn't be cheerful after Obama <3 winning the presidental elections. I was lucky enough to even see the elections on TV, in a bar, where people clapped for each state he won. It was like watching Grand Prix (Eurovision will always be Grand Prix to me, Im THAT old) with only two participants (Norway being Obama obviously, probably Sweden being Romney) -I liiiiked it, oh yes.
Speaking about highlights, another one from last week was visiting the Multnomah falls. Beaaaaautiful cascade in the outskirts of Portland. It was a cloudy day, but still, the stream of running water surrounded by a forest so so colourful... -those colours, actually made me think of ....no, not a poem... but this commercial, which is AWESOME. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0HNi65Tqkshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=69P-nlmx5g0&feature=endscreen (This page is not always too keen on opening this link. But youtube will thou if you search for "schwarzkopf country colors")
And apart from doing some sightseeing, spending some time in bars (watching elections and not watching elections) Ive of course spent some more time in my temporal home of McCuddys Marina. I told you about lovely neighbour Mike in my last mail, and now I will tell you about another new aquaintance: Neighbour John. Neighbour John is working during the day, so I havent had the chance to briefly talk to him more than twice actually. But during our in total about 4 minutes of conversation he's told me that he moved here after his friends got caught by the police last summer. U see, John and his friends owned a huge greenhouse filled with marijuana plants, which they decided to float down the river (where our marina is situated). Anyways, he wasnt with the others the moment the police caught them, and eventually he decided to move to a house boat here (since he didnt have a greenhouse project to attend anymore). And these days he spends his freetime writing poetry and songs -in addition to playing the saxofone and the harmonica - and singing -LOUDLY! he's a really nice guy though, and Im his first Norwegian friend. (that means Im special, yes thats right).
Also, Ive made myself the new Harbor Master of the marina. The former one, Andrew, is not very popular among the recidents here, and he's not here very often either -and when he is, he doesn't really do much- so I figured out Id make myself useful and replace him. I mean, so far Ive just been the girl fluttering around in her dresses, so I think becoming the new Harbor Master will give me a position which is a bit more respectful in the community of sailors. Wish me good luck with that pls. I haven't told Andrew that he is sacked yet thou, but Ill do that soon. Just need to find a way to break it to him gently.
And what more, -Ive certainly made an effort in trying out the local beer brands. Portland is not just the city of breweries btw, its also the city of strip clubs, hehe. I havent been to one yet, a shady karaoke club is the nearest ive gotten, but dont worry, Ill get there.
Ive also been asked to dance to reggae music -first time for me- (I have been asked to dance to other types of music at least once before, but never to reggae), and which i of course said yes to (just to realize i need to work on my reggae dancing moves). And Ive been hanging out with EJ, my house boat-owning friend, and his friends -which are all honestly super cool. EJ makes fun of me though, which is not that nice -is it, for being mesmerized by signs. But seriously, I didnt know American people were so obsessed with signs -they're eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeverywhere, in all shapes and sizes, (the signs that is...well also the Americans, but i kind of did expect that). I swear, Ive seen my fair share of signs in my life, but nothing close to the amount ive seen here. Ive always thought the idea was to read them, that they might provide useful information, but in order to do so here u reeeeally need to concentrate, heh... Exhausting, I know.
Another thing I didnt know about the US, is that the US-yogurts are insaaaaanely good. The best of the best brands is called Chobani, and I could seriously live on the one with passion fruit (that's not totally true, i would need a bit of meat now and then, but thats all) -but its HEAVENLY good. And just to inform you, I have pretty high standards when it comes to yogurts -Norwegian yogurts are also niiiiiice.
Okay, Ill end this blog entry with a song recommendation actually, I know it wont top the news about the yogurts, but its at least a UBERSCHÖN song. A new favourite of mine. "Ho Hey" BY The Lumineers, check'em out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvCBSSwgtg4
Take care you all!
Hasta pronto! <3
ps. I take no responsibility -whatsoever- for the ortographical errors present in this blog entry. It happens, okay, it happens.