I've been in Oregon for a week and it feels more like months! I have to say it had been pretty easy to fall in love with this state. The people here are super friendly, which some might say has something to do with my Aussie accent, but I like to think Oregonians are just friendly people. So that has made me feel more at home.
On arrival, I spent only a day in Portland, mainly shopping (I brought barely anything with me except my snowboard and a few clothes) and looking around the city a little bit. If you have watched the TV show Portlandia, Portland is EXACTLY like that! Well maybe not exactly but there are definitely plenty of hipsters, organic/vegan/vegetarian cafes, thrift stores and craft breweries almost everywhere you turn. The city has a chilled out vibe, is well spread out (I walked for about 9 hours in a day) and has beautiful Victorian style homes in tree-lined streets. The food carts which people rave about are really good and I had the best burrito of my life at one of them.
From Portland I headed down to Corvallis (home of OSU), dropped off my stuff and then jumped on another bus to Newport, which is on the coast of Oregon, about an hour's drive west from Corvallis.
Newport is where I met up with Christian, a friend of my gorgeous mate Phoebe from back home. Christian and I organised a salad for the dinner we were going to and headed over to his friend's place where we had a pretty epic 'pot luck' dinner with randomly enough, lots of Alaskan fishermen. After dinner and some local Oregon beers, we watched some fire dancing that our friends were doing in a park nearby, then headed into town for some more drinks (beer drunk from jars?), a crazy cab ride from one bar to another (music pumping, swinging around corners - thanks Ken!) dancing and the standard countdown for New Year's to bring in 2014...19 hours after everyone did back home in Aus. The night ended at 5am so I was understandably feeling pretty tired the next day having had about 8 hours sleep over three days and a change of time zone.
New Year's Day was just spent checking out the waterfront area of Newport (which was really pretty and had some sea lions hanging out); lunch and a drive back to Corvallis, which would be my new home for the next three (or maybe more?) months.
The Oregon State University chapter of my life was soon to begin....
Song of the moment - The Spark, Afrojack/Spreew Wilson
Food of the moment - That epic chicken burrito from the Portland food cart...mmmmm
Missing right now - The sun and heat