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Next we strolled the market briefly. They have all kinds of fresh fish and the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen. The flowers are not expensive and they were tempting but where do you put flowers in the car. We wanted to buy fresh fruit but that was outrageously priced so we passed and headed back to the hotel for noon checkout.
Today we finished off our second and last day of training for our international trip. We got sent out to a specific area of downtown Portland today with our teams and had to apply all that we have learned so far by striking up convos with Portlanders. The leaders have really emphasized how important it is to go into a new culture with the mindset and attitude of a learner! We went into Portland with the goal of trying to learn and understand ...
... about until I read my backlog of newspapers. If I was lucky, there would be CNN along the way and I would get bits and pieces from that perspective.
Of course with the phones and internet access of today, it's probably much less common to go out of touch with home, for better or for worse. I know just on weekends at home, it's nice to be away from the online media world, and could welcome the idea ...
No early morning activities or getaway scheduled for us today, so we had a leisurely start. Breakfast provided by the motel, which was a bonus we hadn't had in a while. Following that we went for a walk on the beach. Apparently you could walk the whole 7 1/4 miles of it, but today we limited ourselves to something like 1/2 a mile each way. There weren't that many people on the beach when we set out, but when we got back to our start point ...
... so the climate is different. The nearest town one can find on a map is
Koraput. We passed a few spread out villages, children waving to us, but
it seemed pretty sparsely populated.
Chandoori Sai, the hotel here, is absolutely beautiful. All designed by
Leon, and built by the local people, all by hand with no machines.. He
finds the men worthless, to use his words. He only used them when he
had to. They ...