About Oregon Expat
Sometimes the best view is from the outside, and an American expatriate living in Portugal is, in many ways, outside of both nations. The views can be spectacular. I'm also a science nerd, Mac dweeb, and grammar geek, so the posts in this blog tend to be eclectic.
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- On his terms
- Beyoncé: Homecoming
- UPRISING and balance
- The brain radio
- Alsea lovers: This is the one you’ve been waiting for
- The chicken church
- On being happy
- Winterfest! (for Mac users)
- We wants it!
- Celebrating the return of rights!
- Share your gifts
- The kilogram redefined
- Down the research rabbit hole
Monthly Archives: March 2013
While in Lisboa with my parents, we walked from the Miradouro Graça down to the Miradouro Santa Luzia, and in the process passed by a tiny little triangular plaza on a narrow neighborhood street. On the single building fronting this … Continue reading
My parents just boarded a plane in Portland, Oregon to begin their looooong journey eastward, which will end here in Loulé. They’re spending three weeks with us, and I’m tickled beyond belief. It’s my mom’s second trip to Portugal, but … Continue reading
Welcome to the Grand Canyon — of the Yellowstone, that is. This is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The little hint of rainbow and the mist in the air tells us that we’re looking downstream from a big waterfall. Added … Continue reading
The tiny photo above is all I could fit in a width of 640 pixels, but if you’d like to see more — much, much more — go over to NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory page. The image there is massively … Continue reading
Our amolador (knife sharpener) whistled his way through our condos this morning, so I galloped downstairs with three knives for him to tune up. As he started on the first one, he asked if I had any scissors that needed … Continue reading
Today was a wonderfully warm and sunny day, which felt especially welcome after the two weeks of rain and wind we’d had previously. And right on schedule, the mason bees began to emerge. We have a tall wooden shelving unit … Continue reading
A late-night talk show host sends a “reporter” out into the street with a completely nonsensical question: What do you think about Obama pardoning the sequester and sending it to Portugal? For my non-US readers: The sequester is a kind … Continue reading
This week’s wallpaper is a departure in that it’s located nowhere in particular…and anywhere you want it to be. Drawn by tschultze using Photoshop and Vue, it’s titled “Sanctuary” and demonstrates the artist’s belief that “everyone could use a place … Continue reading