Saturday, January 20, 2018

Portland: The Pleasure Garden

She kneels down and from the quietness of copper reaches out. We take that stillness into ourselves and somewhere deep in the earth becomes her city. If she could speak this is what she would say: Follow that breath. Home is the journey we make. This is how the world knows where we are. Ronald […]

It’s Spring!

So apparently, February snow and March showers bring April flowers. Spring is in full effect in Portland, and after a cold, hard winter, it is much welcomed. I know this Socal girl is positively twitter-pated–any other rabbits out there? So we wanted to share some of the beauty that is in bloom at the hostel. […]

Life Boat

One of our staff describes her recent trip to the Seattle area. Check it! surrealportland — WordPress. It has been my unspoken–now written–commitment to see as much of the rest of the U.S. before I leave it, (If this is news to you, please message me personally for more information.) especially the Northwest with all […]

Guerillas for the Earth

  Anything is possible on Hawthorne Blvd. including the “guerilla happening” that descended on the hostel yesterday. Women with long flowing skirts and feathers and flowers in their hair belly danced on our front porch, punctuating the air with their intermittent ululations as their tribal band played their rhythmic sounds that could be heard at […]

Jamaica Inn

Did you know that Bob Marley’s band, the Wailers, was in town last week? Read one of our staff’s reposted blog posts to see how things went down in Jamaica Inn–surrealportland. This past week was surreal to say the least. I got to relive history and participate in an event never to be had again: […]

Travel through International Women’s Day

  “Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of a man at twice its natural size.” — Virginia Woolf   I spent Saturday doing my typical routine: working and sleeping. So I’m a little late on International Women’s Day, but I didn’t want […]

Bus = Democracy???

I stumbled across this post from one of my favorite blogs, Invisible Children, and thought it’s a perfect fit with Portland’s bus sustainability innovation. Former mayor of  Bogotá, Colombia, Enrique Peñalosa, gave a TED talk about how sustainability and mobility are linked: An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where […]

Traveling for a Cause

Every once in a while I run across people who remind me why I work at a hostel. Their adventures are inspiring, and I want to quit my job and go with them; I can’t, however, so I sit and listen, enthralled, excited that I even get to hear their stories and support their journeys. […]

The New Girl in Town

Working at a hostel, my least favorite question is: “So do you have recommendations for a good place to eat around here?” Shudder. It’s not that I’m annoyed with the question itself. It’s perfectly logical, and the guest is smart to get a local’s perspective–hint to future guests: ask locals for the gems instead of […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Building Solidarity the HI Way

Over the week leading up to and beyond the Martin Luther King Jr. National Remembrance Celebration last month, nearly 20 hostels and communities of hostellers across the country honored his legacy with service projects, community receptions, meals, conversations, and workshops. In Portland, both the Hawthorne and Northwest hostels brought together hostellers from the states, Singapore, Canada and […]

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