Oregon Expat

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Oregon Expat
American expatriate in love with Portugal, living in the Algarve, and indulging a love of language, travel and photography. (Also science and general geekiness.)
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  • Oranges to excess (or, "Orange you done yet?") 1 week ago Although the Algarve doesn’t really have a winter (it just goes straight from autumn to spring), we call the oranges that ripen this time of year “winter oranges,” and they are the sweetest of all the varieties. I adore winter … Continue reading →
  • SDO Year 5 2 weeks ago What has collected over 200 million images and 2,600 terabytes of data, and just celebrated its fifth anniversary? The Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO. And I have to admit that when I saw the part about “2,600 terabytes of data” … Continue reading →
  • Wallpaper Monday 2 weeks ago Oregon’s only national park, a geological wonder, and one of the most awesome bike rides in the US: Crater Lake National Park. And yes, it’s a lake inside a volcano. Not just that, but it’s the deepest lake in the … Continue reading →
  • Epic snow breaker, backups and more 2 weeks ago Let’s get the day started off right and watch Canadian National Railway locomotive 2304 plow through deep snow near Salisbury, New Brunswick. You’ll definitely want to put this on HD if you can, just for the fun of it. Only … Continue reading →
  • Fifty Shades of Chicken 2 weeks ago This is a real book. Based on the 401 reviews on Amazon.com, it’s actually a good cookbook, if you can stop snickering long enough to follow the recipes. A few samples: Dripping Thighs Sticky Chicken Fingers Vanilla Chicken Chicken with … 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.

Saskia Goedhart
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!

Jackie Miller
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.

Carla Fernandes
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

MJ Valente
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. :)

Joan Arling
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. :)

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