The Tale of Our New Apartment

Since we knew we wouldn’t be in Portland forever, and we had little money to spend, Taylor and I worked hard to furnish our apartment for cheap. We constantly searched Craigslist for free or cheap furniture and made multiple scattered pick ups. We drove into Washington for a free futon and all over Portland suburbs for kitchen stools, a closet rack, mini fridge, and more. I think the biggest splurge we made was on sheets, which were $20 from eBay.

Including furniture, appliances, and all kitchen supplies down to salt and pepper shakers, the total amount we spent to furnish the apartment was less than $200. If you only count furniture and appliances (dresser, closet rack, futon, table, stools, mini fridge, microwave) we spent $110. Not bad.

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Become an Urban Biker: Get the Gear

Not having a car in Portland is awful.

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That was sarcasm. It’s easy and frankly, the better option. There are bike lanes every where, and driving is a bummer. There’s so much traffic in the city, who needs it? Portland gives bikers everything we need. Every time I approach a new, big intersection on my bike, I think, Oh no, will it go on? Then I look across the road and see the painted bike lane symbol with plenty of space, and even a traffic light to tell me when it’s my turn. It’s the city’s way of saying, Yes, right this way, you are welcome here. Thanks, Portland! The city’s bike friendly attitude is unlike anything I’ve experienced before. I ride respected. Continue reading