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Weekend Out with the Roomies

Hi all! Anita here. It turns out that I won’t be able to talk too much about Intel—confidentiality issues and all—but that’s okay, because unlike during the Caltech school year, we actually have lives outside of work during the summer!
Since Hillsboro is a very suburban area, most people drive to nearby Portland to find action. It’s only about 20-30 minutes away, unless you’re stuck in traffic. My friend’s dad complained a bit about how windy the roads to Portland are but it’s definitely worth the drive, if you ask me. Our itinerary was thus:
Friday Night—Dance Social and Ice Cream.

Was going to be a night of swing dancing (East Coast Swing, also known as Lindy Hop) until we discovered that the venue was closed and decided to go learn Salsa and Bachata instead. Afterward, we went to test out one of Portland’s most famous ice cream stores.

Olive oil and honey lavender ice cream at Salt&Straw. Some of the best stuff I’ve ever had… The olive oil is subtle, though quite rich after a while, while the lavender flavor was very strong from the beginning. Both flavors were delicious on their own, and also paired well with one another. We skipped the huge line for ice cream cones and decided to buy two pints instead—pretty good choice…

Saturday—Kayaking and BBQ.

Rented canoes and kayaks from Portland Kayak Company. The Willamette River was several blocks from the shop; we had to roll our ships out onto the water (first down a hill and through a park, using tie-on wheels!).

Beef brisket at Cannon’s Barbecue Express. South meets North!

Sunday—Comedy Show, Hot Chocolate Tasting, Libraries, and Berry-Picking

Roomies and me at “Potted Potter—the Unauthorized Harry Experience” at Newmark Theater in Portland. Involves a stuffed Nagini and a scary beach-style Forbidden Forest setting.

Cinnamon, Rivali dark, and pepper hot chocolate espresso shots at Cacao’s.

Berry picking on the road! Pricked our legs on some thorns for sour berries (they ripen in August) but it was super cool!

Stack of library books, whoo!
I think I like it here.

Till next time,

Anita Chen

Anita is a senior majoring in chemistry and minoring in English. Born in the island nation of Taiwan, she braved the cold on the American East Coast for a year at the age of six before moving to San Diego, California. At Caltech, she is involved in the music program and the literary and visual arts magazines. She is also an upperclass counselor (UCC) in Ruddock House, one of the 8 dorms on campus, where she watches out for the mental health of her peers and every once in a while tries to stir up trouble and excitement for her hallmates. In her spare time, she tutors and TAs, writes poetry and prose, plays the violin, draws, paints, cooks, and climbs rocks. She is currently pursuing her senior thesis project under renowned professor of chemistry Harry B. Gray, and plans on attending graduate school next year.

Graduation year: 2017

Option: Chemistry

Minor: English

House Affiliation: Ruddock