Sunday, July 5, 2015

4th of July in Portland

The theory of democratic government is not that the will of the people is always right, but rather that normal human beings of average intelligence will, if given a chance, learn the right and best course by bitter experience. -W.E.B. Du Bois

Happy 239th to the United States!!!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Taking stock

Voodoo Doughnut, a cultural landmark and proclaimed by many as a near-religious experience.

Happy Halfway-To-2016!!!

Are you freaking out? Me too. Luckily there are still 188 days to get stuff done. This clock, by the way = most motivating thing ever.

We've been in Portland so long now... long enough to have gone through a lease renewal. I had originally thought we'd be gone by now, on to more exotic ports of call, but no. It's not a bad thing, just somewhat disappointing, and I wonder how much of it is my fault. Could I have gotten up earlier, worked harder, spent less? Written a book instead of blog posts? Studied languages more?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Coastal sunset

This is sunset on the Oregon coast.

It's simple to recreate:

Start at the end of the day, just as campfires begin to blaze

Dress warmly, as summer is often a nice theory rather than an actual event

Head towards the ocean as the last surfers roll in on pink waves and the sunset-watchers dash out to the water's edge

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hidden in the city


All the apartment complexes have opened their pools. Students roam in flip flops and short shorts. Everyone walks on the shady side of the street. Even 90F weather and ice cream trucks have already made an appearance.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

But is it summer in Simferopol?

Here's something worth taking a peek at-

That was Simferopol, the capital of Crimea, yesterday as people were coming and going from the train station. I'd been dreaming of traveling looking up the weather report that same evening and got this-


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The best of Ukrainian summer

Kharkiv summers are everything a person could want from summer.

Flowers and sunshine.

Enough heat to force a person into the refuge of deliciously air-conditioned coffee shops or grab beer/kvass from street vendors under sun umbrellas.

Холодные напитки = cold drinks.

Afternoons with ominously low grey skies, only moments away from hail and thunderstorms.

Long picnics in the countryside with homemade salads, open-faced sandwiches, and watermelon.