13 September 2011
portland postcard... books & a vacation round-up
When I wasn't busy running for wine, wandering into magical hair studios or exploring town, I spent a bit of time right here on Al's patio. Some days, I ventured further out onto his building's shared "eco-terrace". I just chilled. After a few days, I gave into the temptation of Young Adult popular fiction. It was bound to happen. I had packed only serious spiritual find-your-path sort of books and just couldn't make it through a perfectly good vacation week without diving into a juicy page-turner. Have you read The Hunger Games? I'll admit that I'd only heard bits and pieces about it, noticed it at the airport bookstores (a sure sign of a fun vacation read) and then saw it at the top of Powell's Fiction Bestsellers list. That was enough to convince me. I bought myself a copy and summarily read it over the next few days, barely tearing myself away to get to MusicfestNW. The book is so good. Get over the fact that it is technically in the Young Adult section. Just get over it. It doesn't matter. It's fun, suspenseful and thought-provoking. It's also super-disturbing, so don't say I didn't warn you.
After alternating between reading on the patio and watching the U.S. Open, we did get out to see some great bands in downtown Portland and then grabbed food and drinks at Andina, a Peruvian restaurant with the best atmosphere of any eatery I've ever visited. Throughout the week I took a bunch of classes at Yoga Pearl, including my first-ever heated Vinyasa class, during which I basically melted into a whimpering puddle on my mat. And to think that the room was only heated to 95 degrees instead of the scorching 105 degree temps in a standard Bikram class. Blech. I believe it was after this very class that I rewarded myself with The Hunger Games purchase.
It was a wonderful week with a great friend and perfect host, with uncharacteristically gorgeous weather and with time well-spent in a city of books, beer and bikes. Good thing I got this trip in when I did, because I start a new job this week. That's the big news! Tease tease tease, I'll fill in the details tomorrow.
Catch up on my other travel postcards and see more photos on Flickr: