Max, the light rail train, was waiting for us inside the airport. The fare was a dollar. It took us downtown, within two blocks of our hotel. We had arrived for Christmas in Portland.
Stepping off the train downtown, I was panhandled (for my light rail ticket — I gave it to him). Rain was falling but no one carried an umbrella (Portlanders wear hoodies). A goldfish bowl sat on the counter at the front desk of our hotel, a sign identifying the goldfish by name (Buddy and Fred). Another sign listed the names of all the dogs staying in the hotel that night. We were invited to a free wine tasting at five.
Oh yes, I remember this place: it’s Portland. And today is Christmas Eve.
But hey: pictures convey a thousand words. Click on any one of those below to embiggen and read the captions.
Merry Christmas Eve Tom and Louise! I bet it feels great to be home for a little while, enjoying familiar sights and foods. James and I wish you the happiest of holidays. We’ve loved getting to know you this year through your blog and can’t wait for your new adventures of 2014! 🙂 All the best, Terri
Rick Wilcox said:
Great to see that you are back in the homeland for the holidays. I’ll have to admit that downtown Portland is way more walk-friendly than Eugene. I’ve camera walked there a few times.
Anita Blanchard said:
Welcome back to the Northwest. Must say, your commentary and pictures make Portland as exotic as any of the other places you have been.
Merry Christmas Tom and Louise! Your gift of regular life reports is so nice — a real positive boost every time. Thank you!
Terri, Rick, Anita, Linda — Thank you all for your comments. We sometimes ask ourselves: why bother with the blog? The answer(s) are always the same: it brings us into contact with people. That’s a challenge when you’re on the road as much as we are, but hearing from people like you helps fill the void. So, on this Christmas Eve we raise our glasses in a toast to our friends, virtual and otherwise: Salud!! ~Tom & Louise
Merry Christmas to both of you! I’m sure some cooler temps will bring back many memories. Cold here in the NE again, after a warmup took away our 10″ of snow cover. Some more fell today so it will be a white Christmas. On to Florida Thursday morning. Enjoy your time back on home turf!
Steve and Mike in Rochester, NY
Steve and Mike, it’s 29 in Portland at the moment and in two days we’ll be back in PV where today it was 85. Like you (upstate NY/Florida) our life this holiday is a study in contrasts. Ain’t it fun?!! Thanks for writing!
Tom, so glad your pdx visit was a good one. Looking forward to the 70th party. Xoxo for LL. Vaya con Dios amigo
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