Yesterday at 16:30, I landed in Portland. Cruising at a comfortable altitude of mere feet off the ground for four hours, I listened to such greats as Chihiro Onitsuka (mostly LAS VEGAS, her newest), The Carpenters (22 Greatest Hits), and other singer-songwriter legends. I stopped for coffee in Hood River at the local Starbucks, a company with which you may be familiar.
Technically, I am not currently in Portland. I reside in the suburb of Hillsboro, which is past Beaverton (home of the Oregon branch of UWAJIMAYA).
I start my part-time job tomorrow.
I have been moving my things into the house and settling in.
It still feels like I'm a guest, though.
I visited my college today and spoke with the head of international studies to discuss my course of study.
I should be finished with my coursework by Summer 2009. But I have to do a practicum out of the country after that. So I will finish officially at the end of Autumn 2009 as far as I can tell. Stay tuned.
Everything seems to be coming together.
I always get nervous around this time (lots of changes.)
But I'm trying to just set things up and not worry about how they take shape.
I'm not in control of how they take shape anyway.
It's cool and green here. Different from the desert. I could get used to this.
Originally posted on shinjitsunouta.vox.com