Being home, in one place these past 6 months has been like a vacation! Knowing our way around for banking, shopping, eating – and knowing the language and currency. Getting used to one bed and sleeping with the same pillows. Time to read, to rest, to work, and learn. Less blog posts. Time apart from each other. Time with family and friends. No travel planning.
The downside is a less active lifestyle and the subsequent weight gain. Plus it costs more!
Cost of Living: Portland, Oregon
Average monthly expenditures: $2511.40 or $83.72 a day. Average monthly expenses for food and accommodation run similar to what it cost while traveling. Cost of transportation, health, gift giving and miscellaneous is higher.
Food: $22.62/per day
Transportation: $13.33/day not including purchasing 2 vehicles.
We spent $15482 to set up housekeeping and purchase vehicles.
Some October Highlights
PDX saw measurable rainfall 28 of 31 days in October, smashing the old record of 23 days set back in October 1950.
The October rainfall total was 8.30″, just .11″ shy of the record of 8.41″, set back in 1994. Normal rainfall for October in Portland is 3 inches.
Oh no! I started to get some serious itchy feet…
We Take a Quick California Road Trip
Packing for a trip is harder than living out of a suitcase. There is the decision of what to not take, whereas living out of a suitcase one has everything they own with them. I have been slowly accumulating material goods and now own 5 pairs of footwear!
Arriving in Sacramento, California felt like “home” since that’s where we lived before we quit our jobs and sold our possessions to begin our around the world trip.
Spending Time with Family
And now it’s November…the month we’ve been anxiously awaiting for our grandaughter to make her entrance into this world and forever change our lives. I go to bed each night and wonder if I will Meet Her in the Morning!