One of the advantages of being away from your home on travels is that someone else might be able to use your home. The Rabins of Portland asked if they could use ours when we visited France last year, and offered to let us use their condominium in the Pearl District in return. They wanted to attend a conference in Santa Rosa, which coincided with the last week of our trip to France.
We're very happy we said yes. The perfect opportunity for us to visit Portland arose when we wanted to have a short vacation on my birthday. For the next four days, we'll be hiking around the city (they did provide us with a nice car, but it really isn't necessary with the local transportation services), eating at some great restaurants, and generally enjoying a great city. Tonight's meal was at Oba!, a latin delight where a remodeled warehouse has become a spicy favorite.
Here's a few photographs of the condo: Luxury in the Pearl