Thursday, November 19, 2015

Going Back to School

Exploring Portland

The Kennedy Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, no longer has children roaming its halls; it has grown-ups.  Happy, tipsy grown-ups.  Hopping from bar to bar.  Drinking martini's in the auditorium turned movie theater.  Sipping wine in the communal hot tub.  Or taking the self-guided tour of the hallway/art galleries.  Oh, yeah . . . with a growler filled with handcrafted beer.  (That was me.)

Once we registered and got our room key, there was no need to leave.  And I tell you, we spent one of the most fun evenings we've had in a long long time.  Starting with a dinner of ahi taco's in the Courtyard Restaurant and ending with a movie, the laugh-out-loud raunchy Trainwreck, that night we slept like babes in a cradle.
Behind these sturdy doors are the class rooms.  The desks have been replaced by beds and dressers,  but the original chalk boards remain.  Being a bit older (cough, cough) we opted for the more quiet rooms in the newer English Wing.  All these rooms have literary themes and we got  the One Hundred Years of Solitude room.  Since Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my favorite writers, I was thrilled.  I considered it an omen of Good Things to Come.
Sure enough, the next morning, piping hot coffee and a stack of newspapers were waiting for us at the end of the hall.  Unfortunately, we were in a bit of a rush, having an appointment to make, but we both agreed we had found our Home Away from Home when we venture into Portland.  The Kennedy Elementary School is not for everyone.  It's funky, eclectic and boozy.  But man, does it have SOUL.

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