Tuesday, August 9, 6:31 pm
I’d like to start out by saying that last Thursday I went to see the traveling broadway production of Victor Hugos’ Les Miserables! It was SO good, and the special effects were stunning.
Anyway, I’m here to report that we just had our last weekend in Portland!!! Xuan, Kate, Michael, and Colin went on a trip to Colin’s old french teacher’s house where they went on hikes and picked berries. They were gone from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning, and they all said the had a lot of fun!
The rest of us had Friday night free, so a couple of us went to check out Flicks on the Bricks, which is held in Pioneer Square. The feature outdoor film of the night was West Side Story. It was really cool to see so many people outside enjoying the night and singing along with the well-known songs. The screen was absolutely huge, so I felt like I was running around New York City myself with the Sharks and the Jets.
Saturday was mostly a free day. Most of us went to check out the Farmer’s market one last time. I got some peaches and a fresh cinnamon role, yum! That night the 6 of us that were remaining went to the Artist’s Repertory Theater to see a rendition of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” The director did a great job of making some difficult language a little more understandable through the scenery and the body language of the actors. It was an interesting play to see, especially as I had never read the play before and had no knowledge of what it was about.
On Sunday, the six of us met up to go for a hike on Mount Tabor, an extinct volcano that lies within city limits. It was not a very rigorous hike, but it provided some nice views from the top. It also had a playground, which some of us felt compelled to play on (yes, I know we’re 20+ years old…). After the hike, a couple of us went to the Chinese Gardens in China Town and looked around. They were very beautiful, especially for being located in the heart of the city. All of the plants there were brought in from China. They also had a game called “Go” set up for people to learn how to play. Michael decided to challenge the man teaching the game and unfortunately ended up losing. At least the rest of us learned how to play a new game! So thanks, Michael, for sacrificing yourself for our learning.
So, here we are in our last week in Portland. Our jobs are wrapping up and we’re starting to think about how we’re going to get to the airport bright and early on Saturday morning. Today I was fortunate enough to go out on a field trip for my job, interviewing some clients of the law firm. I got to go to Grand Island where I met some wonderful farmers. One of the men went to Duke for his undergraduate studies and is now raising llamas. It was great to talk Duke Basketball during work hours!
Oh, I also would like to mention that Michael and I swam in a fountain last night with all of our work clothes on. We’ve wanted to swim in it all summer and we realized this was our last chance. There wasn’t time to change into swimsuits. After all, it’s just water, right? It turned out to be a lot of fun, but it was a cold walk home.
Tonight we have our last group reflection session at Jesse’s house, and then on Thursday we have a “Community Partner Thank-You Event” for all the people we’ve worked with this summer. Hopefully all of our bosses and new friends will be able to attend! Friday night is our last group dinner and then Saturday is off to the airport.
Until Next Time,