Avoiding highways, tiny dirt roads, spectacular beaches, and miles of sand: Santiago do Cacém and south

Day 3 of my bike trip was not my longest day, but it had more than its share of adventure from the very beginning. My day got off to an awkward start. Basically, the A series highways are full-on motorways, upon which it is illegal (and inadvisable) to cycle on. My camping spot was close … More Avoiding highways, tiny dirt roads, spectacular beaches, and miles of sand: Santiago do Cacém and south

Giant pinecones, half-naked trees, and pretty beaches: Setúbal – Santiago do Cacém

As you can see from the elevation map, my second day on the bike got off to a FAST start – going basically straight downhill, while swerving around tight mountainous corners. It was an exhillerating way to start the day, with epic scenery that I was going way too fast to take any pictures of. Once … More Giant pinecones, half-naked trees, and pretty beaches: Setúbal – Santiago do Cacém

Sunshine, hills, and second-guessing: Lisbon to Portinho da Arrábida

The first day of my bike trip dawned bright and sunny. Extra bright, because it turns out I forgot my sunglasses. I walked the few blocks to Bike Iberia where the really friendly staff had my bike ready and waiting for me. The first real hiccup of the trip had already occurred – I planned … More Sunshine, hills, and second-guessing: Lisbon to Portinho da Arrábida

The right chemistry: Ladies crushing it

  If you reach back in the dusty, cobwebbed shelves of your high school science class, you might remember learning about the Cori cycle or the lactic acid cycle, which describes the process of breaking down glucose. What I don’t remember learning when I sat in Mr. Chisolm’s 9th-grade chemistry class was that this fundamental biochemical process … More The right chemistry: Ladies crushing it

Ladies crushing it: Heros and true lovely outliers

Last year, my friend invited me to a Pint of Science event (lectures in pubs, which is brilliant) on women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) professions. Part of the swag I took home was a mug “How many female scientists can you name?” and even as I care so much about gender and … More Ladies crushing it: Heros and true lovely outliers

Disappearing for a day into a magical city: Lisbon, Portugal

After an intense month, I arrived in Lisbon. I had one night to explore this vibrant city and I fully embraced the chance to disappear into a new city. I settled into this charming hostel (Sunset Destination Hostel) before turning my attention to the narrow cobble stone streets, the colourful ceramic buildings, and the crumbing … More Disappearing for a day into a magical city: Lisbon, Portugal

Tough girls of 2017

Happy New Year, friends! Several months ago, I joined the “Tough Girl Tribe,” a closed Facebook which is a wonderful community of women who take on challenges and live vibrant and full lives. It has been really great being part of this group. For 2017, in addition to the regular content of incredible adventurers that … More Tough girls of 2017