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- Nat Geo moment 4 days ago I miss my Oregon birds, some quite desperately (such as Anna’s and rufous hummingbirds, and Swainson’s thrushes), but there are compensations in the fabulous birds of Iberia. One of my favorites is the European bee-eater, which winters in Africa but … Continue reading →
- Song of Saturday 3 weeks ago Before I could relax, I had to hang the laundry Before I could hang the laundry, I had to water plants (because the laundry rack blocks access to the plants) Before I could water plants, I had to wash the … Continue reading →
- Innovative teachers (subtitle: Ryanair is the Scrooge McDuck of airlines) 4 weeks ago Three teachers at our son’s school have been arranging a class trip to Scotland. They contacted Ryanair and asked for a group rate for 20 seats. The response was unbelievable: around €300 per seat. This is for a short, nonstop … Continue reading →
- Strange weather 1 month ago It’s been an odd winter in the Algarve this year. Mostly quite warm, and not enough rain, but then there was a week where it was unusually cold. I drove to my Pilates class in the morning and our car … Continue reading →
- No good deed goes unpunished 2 months ago I am recovering today from a misadventure. Yesterday, while cutting through the nearby park on my regular hill walk, I came across a curious sight: a whole pile of cute, fuzzy caterpillars on the sidewalk. Given their position, I thought … Continue reading →
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Website Reviews » There are 14 reviews on Oregon Expat
06:26 AM October 11, 2012
I strongly recommend the Oregon Expat blog. The author is an American living in the Algarve of Portugal. The blog covers a range of topics such as science, technology, politics, culture, and traveling within Portugal. The blog is well-written, informative, humorous, and entertaining. The author's ability to be both inside and outside of two cultures provides some fascinating perspectives on and often amusing stories about cultures, language, foods, activities, and politics. Read the blog!
08:43 AM October 11, 2012
Wonderfully eclectic, this blog is a perpetual source of delight (intellectual, visual, aural, and all). It is not only about Portugal--or Oregon for that matter. You can discover and learn about anywhere (on earth and in the Universe) and anything (really vast, unlimited scope) that catches Oregon-Expat's interest and will certainly entertain the not less eclectic, interesting, and international (universal? ;)) audience.
10:06 AM October 12, 2012
Oregon Expat hooked me since I discovered this blog more than two years ago. Every day I enjoy a colorful local festival, a surprising science discovery, a wonderful wallpaper, a funny add, a gorgeous nature photo, a personal view on a topical issue, an astronomy beauty, a delicious dish, a butterfly, a music moment, a tour of a town, a simple and amazing scientific explanation, a flower, a sharp-witted comment, a winery, a complete recap of a major event, a chameleon… pieces of a fascinating mosaic built with honest intellectual curiosity and a fine sense of humor. I’m not American, nor Portuguese, but I’m looking forward to the next post by this good photographer and excellent writer.
19:48 PM October 15, 2012
Oregon Expat gathers many of the things that make life fun and interesting and puts them into exquisite, witty writing. There's travel and culture, music and art, technology and science, and every once in a while some cute news story or neat computer trick that would have slipped under my radar. The author is a writer and a scientist, which is readily apparent in the texts. There are also fantastic photos from travels and from every day life in beautiful Algarve. Do not miss!
14:08 PM December 06, 2012
Seems to me I've been reading this blog forever ... and I usually check every day for new posts. Most of my wallpapers come from here and are usually the envy of my colleagues. :-) As for the blog posts I especially appreciate the great mix of topics from humor to culture to economic and scientific to ... Strongly recommend it!!!
14:41 PM December 06, 2012
Oregon Expat is a daily must check for me. It has led me to many, many things I would never have found on my own. I especially like the reading about the explorations of, and commentaries on, Portuguese culture. All together it is a perceptive, well written and honest reflection of the author's micro and macro world view.
15:09 PM December 06, 2012
I've been reading Oregon Expat's blog since it started. I check for updates every day becasue I know I will be surprised by the eclectic material I will find. I've learned so much about Portugal that I plan to visit someday. I also find lots of interesting information on such a variety of topics. My favourites are...well, to be fair, it's hard to pick favourites because the blog never disappoints and always delights. The author writes in an accessible and affable way that is also clearly well-informed and well-researched. Oh, and the visuals are beautiful. I highly recommend this blog.
16:17 PM December 06, 2012
The fact that I am myself a Portuguese expat in Oregon was only the vehicle for me to find this blog. What keeps me coming back every day is a wide range of factors, from the already mentioned eclectic nature of the posts to the unmatched quality of the writing, not to mention the consistent and enticing tone, at once thoughtful, humorous, rational and scientifically minded (OK, wonderfully geeky). Plus, the photos are never not excellent. That alone would be enough, but there's something extra for me: the clear, honest and totally accurate depiction of my country's realities, through the eyes of an American who has not, even if the opposite may be perceived, lived for that long in it. The way I see a foreigner "get" the people, the culture and the environment. And the way it all gets presented, described and analyzed in the most interesting and, not infrequently, funny form. One final and important factor is the quality of the visitors and their comments. I could go on. But you can check for yourself! Read. This. Blog.
17:40 PM December 06, 2012
My days are brightened by the daily dose of expat perspective on a local or world issue Oregon Expat provides!
20:23 PM December 06, 2012
I agree wholeheartedly with all the people who have responded to this blog. I look forward every day to this blog and feel an upsetting emptiness when Expat takes a break, even though it's always for an important reason.
23:56 PM December 06, 2012
Being an Expat myself (Portuguese, living in Ireland), I always look forward to read the latest post on Oregon Expat. The diversity of themes is one of the things I like the most, but I am also atracted by the great photos and the quality of the text (very well written, great sense of humour!). Also, it is very interesting to see Portugal through the eyes of an non-national :D
00:04 AM December 07, 2012
What I most enjoy about OregonExpat is its eclectic nature and noticeable background research. It doesn't post only experiences, but tries to understand what exists behind them. I rarely read it without learning something new, specially about Portugal (my own country). In a world of "fast-food" media... and blogs... OregonExpat does make a difference. In the themes, in the depth and in the high quality writing. Highly recommended indeed. :)
07:09 AM December 07, 2012
Whether looking upside the jets of a starting Saturn V, or down on dog poop (and the amount of it that cities have to deal with) -- I don't remember ever having thought 'so what'. This blog just goes along with my morning cup of coffee, i.e. I'd have to start the day in a grumpy mood without... My rating: six stars :)
09:24 AM December 07, 2012
What can I say that hasn't already been said by other reviewers...? Oh, yes! ... I know! :D I guess what makes this blog so interesting is the author's prolific generosity and open-mindedness, and also... the many pictures and posts featuring all those cute little creatures... :D Merci, Oregon Expat, pour cette agréable récréation quasi quotidienne. :)