Friday, May 14, 2010
Day One of Unschooling in Portland Oregon
So, this is the first day of our trip to Portland. I had class on the weekend and my daughter and I stayed for a week-so we had plenty of time to "unschool" in the world of the West Coast. The first thing we did is wake up in the morning to a beautiful sunrise on the Willamette river at our condo- it was breath taking. We did yoga and left for downtown Portland. Taking the bus. We then made our way to my favorite place Cacao- a magical little drinking chocolate cafe that is straight out of the movie Chocolat with Juliette Binoche. I go there every time I am in town. Several times. My favorite is the spicy which has cayenne, coconut cream and cinnamon. I feel soo happy as I drink it. My daughter had the cinnamon milk chocolate- she also loved it. Another thing that was breathtaking was the rhododendrons which were all over the city- white and pink- just wonderful...and of course, the fountains all over the city were beautiful as well. You can see my daughter is wearing her little house on the prairie outfit-and her hat is a special gift from our dear friend Kristie Burns- naturopath and waldorf homeschool adviser- Katia wears it everywhere! It is so awesome that she is 11 and can still live in her own realm. Lastly, I was very impressed at the recycling available throughout the city- restaurants and airports- almost all of them have separate receptacles for paper and plastic! More coming tomorrow.