Riding down memory lane: AONB & Herstmonceux Castle

It is the May holiday weekend, so I saddled up my pony and headed south. I had noticed a tantalizing acronym on Google maps “AONB”, which apparently is “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” which seems too tantalizing to resist. It certainly was beautiful, but what I should have known to interpret that as 100% hills. These … More Riding down memory lane: AONB & Herstmonceux Castle

Pedalling home

I had decided to splash out and book the overnight ferry back to the UK. To my delight, it seems that ferry travel is not completely booked during the week, so I had a comfortable cabin to myself. After a sound sleep, I TOOK A SHOWER! ON A BOAT!? Luxury. I had a cup of … More Pedalling home

The lazy-person’s 10-step guide to urban microadventuring

It is a challenge to maintain the diametrically opposed identities of “laziest person ever” and “enthusiastic cyclist/eager adventurer.” Thankfully, I have sorted out a system to neatly integrate these two using this special step-by-step guide to lazy microadventuring. Step 1: Prepare to adventure. Take off your fluffy dressing gown and cozy slippers and put on … More The lazy-person’s 10-step guide to urban microadventuring

Architecture and art: Strolling through Saltaire

Saltaire Village, a quaint little town near Bradford, was one of the other designations on the #DykxhoornDarling tour. Saltaire just happens to be a World Heritage Site. The town was built by Sir Titus Salt, who built the town as “model industrial village” based on his ideals of social consciousness. According to UNESCO, Saltaire’s layout … More Architecture and art: Strolling through Saltaire

Coffee, community, family, and the future: Bradford, UK

My cousin whisked me away for an extended weekend in her adopted home of Bradford, UK. An interesting little town in the north of London, not far from Leeds. A curious little place, which had previously been the “wool capital of the world”, Bradford is now faced with the challenges of economic deprivation and social … More Coffee, community, family, and the future: Bradford, UK