Category Archives: Adventure

Misadventures in Shanghai, China: A Barren City, aka Finding Food on Lunar New Year's Day

Part of the ignorance that came with not realizing it was Chinese New Year was not preparing for how closed everything would be in Shanghai. The town, which is normally packed full of hustling people and peddlers, was completely barren … Continue reading

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Healthy Misadventures: Hot, Sweaty, Bodies in Motion – Bikram Yoga in Portland, Oregon

A few weeks ago, I realized this whole gym thing is not for me. Like most people, I find cardio machines to be so boring and the more interesting classes are always at inconvenient times. I tried paying a personal … Continue reading

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Na Zdraví, Life Among the Czechs: Mud Puddles

It’s amazing how much of my fear has dissolved with starting my Czech lessons. It’s like now that I can say a few things to people I’m ok. And in the future I’m going to continue taking lessons and therefore … Continue reading

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Na Zdraví, Life Among the Czechs: Cowardess

I really am a coward. Some people think it’s brave to travel by yourself abroad for a year to teach English. I know this because they’ve told me. The truth of the matter is that I’m only here because I … Continue reading

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Na Zdraví, Life Among the Czechs: Single Traveler

As I bent over, stretching before I boarded my first plane, I saw three Cheerios carefully placed in a triangle on the metal brace that was holding up the chair I had just vacated. I thought to myself, “if I … Continue reading

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Be Nice

When my training ride leader (TRL) DD told me our next ride started out with two major hills, I knew I was in for trouble if not pain. Slight inclines make me stop to catch my breath and I’m still … Continue reading

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Bailing Out

When I look at my training group, this is what I see: I see people with “Bento Boxes” and seat packs, not saddle bags and fenders. I see people who were able to find jerseys and water proof riding jackets … Continue reading

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18.1 miles and I didn't even crash

Today was my fist unofficial AIDS Lifecycle training ride. I rode 18.1 whole miles without falling over, crashing or dying. I’m awesome. Proof of my survival. Or at least that I dressed up in riding gear for this picture.

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