Diary of An Immigrant: If The Mountain Won't Come To Mohammad... (Give Him $2 For A Ticket On The 15 Bus To Mount Tabor City Park)


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WW Presents Week Two of our Australian music intern's diary of moving to Portland. Dear Portland: I have visited one of your mountains. You may now exhale. I know you've all been waiting for this moment. When driving over one of the bridges into town from the airport on the day I arrived here, the local friend who picked my partner and me up suddenly exclaimed, “Oh quick, ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Diary of An Immigrant: "Welcome to America. Are You Finding Everything OK?"


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I'm Ruth, the new WW music intern. For the last 24-odd years, I've lived in Melbourne, Australia. A little over a week ago, I chucked everything in to move halfway across the world to Portland. I arrived in the country with little more than a backpack, a laptop and an "alien registration number", and have spent the last week trying to navigate my way through a new life in a new city in a new country. It's ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Diary of an Immigrant: It's Peanut Butter and Jelly Time!


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WW Presents another installment of our Australian music intern's diary of moving to Portland. Sunday, July 4 was my one-month anniversary in Portland. There were fireworks and concerts and the whole city came out to celebrate, which I thought was lovely. Anyway, I decided to commemorate my first month as an honorary Seppo by doing something quintessentially American. I thought about buying ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Diary of An Immigrant: Dial B for Bureaucracy


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WW Presents Week Three of our Australian music intern's diary of moving to Portland. I had been warned about the bureaucratic nightmare of dealing with US Government agencies. But after spending over five hours sitting in the US consulate in Melbourne watching a Disney video to get a visa, I thought I'd endured the worst of it. I had no idea. Last week, I applied for a work permit. ...   More
 
Thursday, July 1, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Diary of an Immigrant: Thank Your Lucky Stars for Wet Concrete and the Taco Lady


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WW Presents another installment of our Australian music intern's diary of moving to Portland. Compiling this year's Best of Portland poll was a fascinating task for me. Newspapers and magazine articles about Portland always seem to focus on things like beer and bikes, but most locals seemed to have very different opinions about what makes their city great, and coming from such a very different perspective, ...   More
 
Monday, July 26, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Diary of an Immigrant: Learning to Love Your Fat American Asses


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WW Presents another installment of our Australian music intern's diary of moving to Portland. When Australians visit America, the first question everyone asks when you get back home is: “Was everyone fat?” I wish I had something nicer to report, but this is a fact. And it's true: according to the World Health Organization, 66.7 percent of Americans are overweight. But 66.5 ...   More
 
Monday, August 9, 2010 RUTH BROWN

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