Friday, October 28, 2016

Hasta Luego Sierra

Tonight (almost) our entire hostel staff gathered together for a hot summer BBQ to celebrate Sierra’s next big adventure in life! Sadly for us, she is leaving Portland and heading to the other coast yet again, this time she will be jet setting off to Massachusetts! What’s in Massachusetts besides Boston you ask? Amherst College, […]

Meet Sierra!

  Name: Sierra Conniff Hometown: Portland, OR Year moved to Portland: Raised here, moved back in 2014 Has Worked at the Hawthorne Hostel since: September 2015 Reason I moved here: Taking some time off between my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, and I missed Portland too much! What else do I do?:  I volunteer weekly at […]

New staff here: Meet Leah!

With two staff moving on to other adventures, we have new staff to introduce: Leah Leonard and Sierra Conniff.  Leah has joined us from HI Madison and just completed a degree in Community and Environmental Sociology at UW Madison. She is looking forward to taking over the hostel blogging starting this month. Sierra loves art […]

Saying Goodbye

I hate saying goodbye. Leaving people and places you love, knowing you probably won’t make it back to visit, that’s kind of the life of a vagabond. You settle in, create roots, then head on somewhere else. I’ve done it so many times, but still have a hard time getting used to it. I’ve lived […]

So long! Farewell! Au wiedersehen! Goodbye!

This time I have the unfortunate duty to inform you that another fellow staff member is leaving the Portland Hawthorne Hostel. Courtney Ream, after 3 1/2 years of working within these walls, is heading on to other things. For quite some time, she took the helm of the Girl Scout service projects, helping to educate […]

Staff Retreat: Long Beach, WA

We have just came back from our staff retreat to the Oregon/Washington Coast. After a pretty busy season–which technically still isn’t over. We’re still pretty full every night!–we needed some R&R, so Talbot and Shawn planned a nice little getaway up north to a little area just outside of Astoria on the other side of […]

All Saints Day: Remembering Bailey the Cat

Though the time to celebrate and honor the dead has ended, this quote my friend posted reminded me of a very special presence to the hostel:  Bailey the Cat. An integral member to the hostel staff in days gone by, she still lives on in the hearts of those who have worked within these walls […]

The New Guy in Town

With two staff moving on to other adventures–see earlier posts–we had to hire someone new. Luckily, we got someone from within the Hostelling International family: SF Fisherman’s Wharf staff, Parker Catalano. He just moved to Portland about 3 weeks ago, and we’re slowly breaking him into life in the NW. Here is is his Staff […]

Before We Say Goodbye

Last month we said goodbye to front desk staff, Leah Rainer. This month Eddie Barnheart is also moving on–what?! Does it smell here or something?! And though Eddie has only been with us a few months, we’re sad to see him go though excited for what he’s up to next. So here are his thoughts […]

Fare thee well, Leah!

We’re saying goodbye to another co-worker, Leah Rainer, as she goes on to bigger and better things. We thought we’d sit down with her and ask about her time here at the hostel to honor her contribution. Why are you moving on? I am currently 2 years through a 4 year Master’s program in Chinese Medicine. […]

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