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Eugene is the second largest city in Oregon, although Salem is slowly catching up. Eugene's main claim to fame is that it is home to the University of Oregon (U of O), the best state school in Oregon. Along with good academics the U of O is home to some great athletics, including a good football and a good basketball team. Sadly in recent years these teams have not been doing so well.
The city was first founded by Eugene Franklin Skinner, when he built the first trading post in the area in 1846. The city was officially created in 1862. The city grew because it was located on a ferry crossing over the Willamette River. In 1876 the University of Oregon was founded, even though the previous Colombia College burnt down and the neighborhood of College Hill still carries the name. The city is known for being very liberal and progressive with its attitudes.
Along with the University there are several great brew pubs and hikes in the area. Eugene is also a good jumping point to the coast only a hour and half drive away. If wanting to catch a sports game or enjoy some nice scenery Eugene is a good place to spend a couple of days
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Eugene Airport (EUG) is a small domestic airport with direct services mainly to cities in the Northwestern and Western states. It has direct flights to Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco.
Two Amtrak trains stop in Eugene:
I-5 is the main express way in and out of town.
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There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.
See also International Telephone Calls
The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.
The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.
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