getting settled

We arrived in Oregon last Friday, and I’m liking Hillsboro so far; there’s a nice mall 5 minutes walk from our apartment and all the supermarkets and big-box stores anyone could want, but you can be driving beside planted fields in about ten minutes. There are just lots of things happening to us or that we’re encountering, to write about.

Things about our temporary apartment: two bedrooms, two baths Reasonably nice, great location, OK storage (except the clothing storage will be completely inadequate once our stuff gets here!). The kitchen is far better equipped than our Dutch ones, but why am I the only person who thinks that a ladle is part of basic required kitchen gear? The thermal control here is a bit weird; the living area and the two bedrooms each have their own thermostat but it always seems to be too hot for me. The location really is excellent: Ted’s office is 10 minutes away, the mall is right next to us, lots of restaurants are nearby, we can catch a train into Portland at any of several nearby stations, and the Portland airport is a half hour away.

Things we’ve eaten that we can’t get in the Netherlands: Chipotle burritos, crispy bacon, pretzels, ales from BJs in English and Scottish styles, green asparagus in winter, good tortilla chips, American steaks. We will miss the European wines but Oregon has plenty of its own.

Things we’ve bought so far: All the groceries (making this the 3.5th kitchen I’ve set up from scratch in the last few years; the half is our lake house, where we try not to keep much food between visits so we don’t stock much); assorted housewares including a broiler because for some reason we don’t have one; an iPhone; and a very large truck. Well, sort of; we go pick it up and give them large amounts of money tomorrow.

Things we’ve done: found a realtor we like and viewed about 16 houses so far; gotten a US phone number (um, let me know if you need the number); gotten Oregon drivers’ manuals so we can study for the knowledge test; checked out a local rowing club (nobody was there); started learning our way around. Also, gotten rained on a lot (It’s a peculiarly drippy rain. In Eindhoven we had mist, drizzle, and hard rain; here, there’s also a particular state in which large occasional drops fall from the sky, so you don’t get really wet but you know when one’s hit you. It feels like standing under the drippy edge of a roof.

2 Responses to “getting settled”

  1. Jane Says:

    Welcome home to the US.

  2. Jean Siemens Says:

    Welcome back to OR, can’t wait to see you guys again!

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