Hey, Eugene!

“One thing I can tell you is, you’ve got to be free.” 

Eugene County Fair!!

…because Eugene gave another meaning to freedom – it’s not just about feeling free, it’s about feeling loved for who you are when you are free

…because Eugene encouraged me to find myself and be it

…because Eugene taught me how to make it sunny around me even when it rains

…because Eugene exposed me to vintage bikes, raves, tofu, yoga, soy milk, animals’ rights, and tie-dye fashion (circa 1960s)

…because Eugene brings back to life Jimi Hendrix, The Bealtes, PInk Floyd, John Lennon, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin

…because Eugene says you can wear flip-flops in the rain and t-shirts in the winter – go out and feel the cold because it’s okay!

…because Eugene screams Yes, You Can grow your own food (from vegetables to herbs and everything in between), Yes, You Can make your own clothes and jewelry, make your own soap, shampoo and lotions, recycle like it’s your religion, and share everything you have with everyone you knowEat local, eat organic!

…because Eugene has Naked Bike Brigades where we ride our bikes naked in order to protest our dependency on foreign oil and promote a more sustainable way of life

…because Eugene values the Sun as a god –  it may not come out often, but when it does, when the Sun shows itself around here, oh, we are all about sheer fabrics, flowers in our hair, rolling in the grass, sucking on those popsicles, and hitting the African drums! 

…because in Eugene you can dance wherever you are, make friends with strangers every day and then party with them like you’ve known them your entire life

I have found not just love and peace here; in Eugene, I have also found myself. And because of all these reasons and many, many more, the first promotional campaign of my business will be dedicated to you, Eugene, for making me who I am now. 

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A few weekends ago, I went with Amira to Carnival Brasil, an annual festival-tradition here in Eugene, that all the Brazilians (albeit very few) like to share with the rest of us. Everyone wore bright colors, feathers, and pretty flags. We danced to live music ranging from Samba to Capoeira (my favorite!). Amira threw away her shoes and danced barefoot on the cement! I kept saying how it’s winter and she will catch a cold, but Amira would just reply “are you kidding me? I’m burning right now!” …THAT’s my Eugene 🙂

Country Fair extravaganza!

 

Euge-love! (coming soon – stay tuned!)

 

Motto: If it’s not forever, if it’s just tonight,

            Oh, it’s still the greatest, the greatest, the greatest…