Hi! So, I’m gonna try to stay more on top of blogging every day after this. We’ll see how that goes 🙂 So back to where I left off Day 6 Its time to visit Portland 🙂 Up til Friday, I’d never been to Portland before, so when my friend that lived there asked me to come hang out with her, I was excited 😀 First, I went to the friends house, where her mom made delicious lunch for us! (If you’re reading this, thanks again!) Then it was off to the city, with Tara, D and L. We took a train into the city for only $1.50 each for two hour unlimited. Which is a much better price then what we had to deal with in San Francisco. We were headed to the mall&the waterfront when we saw a Ben&Jerry’s house handing out free ice cream, and how could we resist that? so we jumped off the train and ate free ice cream(which, in my opinion, tastes much better than ice cream you have to pay for :)) and took pictures with cows! Plastic ones…but still cows 😀 Then, we went shopping at the mall and got a few belated birthday presents for friends 🙂 After that we went down to the waterfront. There were a bunch of random druggies and hippies. It was pretty fun 😀 Except the random creeper giving out free hugs (and in tiny letters ‘and high fives’) I gave him a high five cause I’m cool with that, but I definitely wasn’t gonna have the amount of physical contact involved in a hug. And of course he says ‘c’mon! give me a hug!’ me: *lies* I dont like hugs, I have personal space issues. *walks away quickly* But it was fun and the water was pretty and we played in the fountains. Then it was time to head back to her house, for delicious, authentic Indian curry. She really is an excellent cook and by the time I left I was full and happy. That didnt last long, as we got stuck in construction for almost an hour on the way home. But it was a fun day and I’m glad I got to see Tara 😀 Plus, C’s were home now and we got to say hi to them 😀 Well…I stayed up til the wee hours of the morning talking to MC about nothing, which was pretty awesome 😀 Day 7 After 3 and 1/2 hours of sleep, I’m up and about for the day. First off, we need food. Because only one person has been in the house for the last 6 months, there’s not much to eat. So, me, mum, ZC and O head out to go grocery shop. We stock up on cheese and bread and things at the grocery store, then go to Eugene Saturday Market that I’d heard so much about. We got super yummy fresh fruit and vegetables and honey sticks 😀 Then we went to Voodoo Donuts which I think is one of the coolest donut shops I’ve ever been, too. After ordering some much needed coffee, we ended up with a dozen assorted, awesome donuts. Included in these were a donut shaped like a little man with a pretzel stuck in his frosted on heart, a maple bar with real strips of bacon on top, a grape donut dipped in grape kool aid, and a rather interestingly shaped donut, picked out by the teenage boy along with us 😛 Although I was hesitant to try a few of them, I liked all of the ones I tasted. Expensive, but super tasty 😀 After that, we went back to the house and the USvsGhana game was on, I wasn’t enthusiastic about watching it, but was forced by JC And ZC. I was surprised when I actually enjoyed it and got really into it, when mum tore me away to go back to the market and then to visit a friend in the hospital, I must say I was reluctant. Maybe I dont dislike sports so much after all! :] We spent a few hours at the hospital and the market then met back up with C’s and the rest of my family for dinner at Toshi’s!(again) I then proceeded to fall asleep on the grass in front of the Cs house while cleaning out the car. Oops! When I woke up it was about 830, then I fell asleep on the couch on accident and woke up again at midnight completely confused and passed out for the rest of the night. I guess those 3 1/2 hours of sleep caught up to me, after all! Intermission..I’m gonna pause and say, I apologize if my posts get a little boring, as I like to detail my day, once I get caught up I’ll try to pay more attention to talking about only the important things, I dont wanna forget any of this though, so I’m writing for me, too 🙂 Day 8 I got to go to ‘church’ with KC. Church is what they call the attendees of the ecstatic dance class on Sunday call their class. Now, class isnt really the right word, because when you hear dance class, you think, teacher showing the students what to do, students copy, learn routines, all that lovely stuff. But this was entirely different from that. It was a really new experience for me because I’ve never been to anything like it before. You just let go. Let the music flow over you, and dance from your heart. It was very relaxing and invigorating. I’ve never been one for meditation but I think this is probably rather similar. I just let my mind go blank and the music filled me. I wasn’t the least bit self conscious, although I usually am if I dance with people around. but I could feel that no one was judging my dancing or even paying much mind to me. So, I just let myself dance how I felt and it was amazing. Then it was back to our whirlwind schedule. We headed up to Portland again, the drive felt like it drug on foreverrrrr! But we finally got to the house of mum’s friend, JH, whom I havent seen since I was 6 and didn’t remember very well. So it was nice to be able to see her 🙂 After that, we went to Powell’s in downtown Portland. When we got there, I was tired, grumpy and just wanted to get back to Eugene. As soon as I walked in, it was like someone slapped me in the face with an energy-fish. I mean, everyone had told me it was a huuge bookstore, the biggest in the US, in fact. But from the outside it didnt look that impressive. It was only when I walked through the doors that I actually realized the enormity of it. Most exciting to me, they had a huge foreign language section! Most bookstores lacked that and I was ecstatic to go explore. I spent the whole time looking over the shelves of the French and Italian sections, I ended up with Le Magicien d’Oz, the French version of The Wizard of Oz 🙂 There were some other awesome books in French and Italian but unfortunately, I only had the money for one. Good news is, they ship, so you can order books online 😀 Obviously, I like reading. Probably to a rather nerdy degree, but oh well! :] We ate at The Roxy Diner and then headed back to Eugene. I was annoyed because mum had promised we’d be back in Eugene by 10 and we didnt even leave Portland til 930ish(two hour drive without traffic) Most of the reason I was upset was because I really wanted to hang out with our friends longer before we left and we were leaving Monday afternoon. But when we got there at midnight, ZC and MC were still up. So, we(ZC, L, MC, O, ZC’s friend, T, N and I) hung out and talked and joked and chilled until 4am(by which point, the friend had left and O, T and N were asleep) when we could no longer keep our eyes open. Goodnight! ;P Day 9 Saying goodbye to friends is always hard, but fortunately, we get to see two of the boys and and the mum again later this week in CO. So, we exchanged goodbyes and lots of hugs, then we were off on our way to Colorado. The day was largely uneventful, drove all day, arrived in Spokane, computer, sleep. And noww you’re just about caught up! I’ll write about today and maybe some other stuff tomorrow ;D or maybe tonight…hmm, we’ll see. Love you all, thanks for reading (if you made it to the end I’m impressed!) ❤ Rexi!