Maratona dles Dolomites – most epic ride ever

The Maraona dles Dolomites 2106 was one of the most epic rides of my life and definitely the absolute best, world-class cycling event I was ever participated in. A cycling friend of mine invited me back in October to join her and a group in booking a package deal, accommodation plus ride entry for the event.  Its otherwise a lottery to get a spot and is increasingly popluar every year, for good reasons. The Dolomites are a beautiful and unique mountainous region of northern Italy where the Giro passes through every year. Many climbs and passes are well known to […]

Juan de Fuca Hike

This summer during our vacation to Canada, we went hiking along the Juan de Fuca trail with my brother. The trail is on the west coast of Vancouver Island, spanning 47km of trail through the old growth rain forest along the ocean coast from China Beach to Botanical Bay at Port Renfrew.  I was in my element, I absolutely love this area.  We started on a Sunday, driving from Nanaimo to the trail head at China beach, typically a 2.5hr drive but we were held up along the island highway as it was the same day as the Cops for […]

Photos – Hiking in Switzerland

Once Simon’s master’s projects and finals were over, he had time to go hiking with me 😀 We’ve hiked the Planeten Weg along the Lägern close to where we live, part the Schweizer Weg in Uri/Schweiz cantons which included the spot Rütli where Swiss confederation began, encountered a classy public bathroom in a barn, and along a small part of the Panorama Weg up to Napf which borders cantons Luzern and Bern.

Spain 2016

Photos from when we were in Barcelona, Girona & Mallorca travelling with my good friends Johnny & Heather. Photos start in Park Güell in Barcelona, the Gaudi house and buidlings, the big 150 year old cathedral still under construction. We visited Girona which has a cool old city wall we walked along, as well as a cycling themed cafe started by a woman from Vancouver who’s husband is a pro cyclist – a lot of pro cyclists train out of Girona. We went to Mallorca, rode an old wooden train ride, stuck our feet in the Mediterranean, rode city bikes […]

Multi-tasking

At work we have this type of test that takes about 4-6 hours to run. There are 2 stations set up for it, right next to each other. So the other day I was given 2 devices that needed this test. Being the efficient engineer that I am, I run both tests simultaneously on each station. Had a bit of fun with it, the devices had different communication protocols. I set up the slower one and get it running and then set up the faster one and see how long it takes to catch up and pass the first. Things […]

German by Regions

I don’t think I fully understand nor appreciate the extent of dialects within the German language – which are regional – and how German speakers seem a bit obessed with language for this reason. Swiss people seem to be quite proud of their dialect, (err dialectsss) and able to tell which region of switzerland a person is from by it.  And some even can’t understand other swiss dialects – wahnsinn!! You’re technically speaking the same language, people. Even though Texans speak funny, and live thousands of kilometers from where I grew up in another country, I can understand them.  It […]

Balcony Garden shaping up – some photos

Our balcony is slowly coming together. My lovely roses survived the winter and new buds are starting to show!! In a few weeks we’ll have a little bee home out there too. I’ll have plenty of flowers out there. I like looking after the plants and flowers and they are doing well. So amazed at the ones that survived the winter and have so much new growth. My rose tree is struggling but it too has a bit of new growth so I am hopeful it will get buds too. Once it warms up here, relaxing on the balcony and […]

Thoughts from the Train: Tesla Motors Autonomous car

So, overhearing this conversation in the train, its in swiss german so I can’t ease-drop too rudely. This guy is telling his lady friend about how Tesla Motors announced a feature where you can summon your car, and it will drive itself to you, where ever you are. Well, that sounded pretty cool, so I looked it up. https://www.teslamotors.com/de_CH/blog/summon-your-tesla-your-phone I first learned about the Tesla Roadster over a decade ago and my heart was won. As an electrical engineering student, you bet this was the race car of my dreams. Now, I’m not a big fan of driving. Its a […]

Grey morning commutes

Take me back to the lovely cold, snowy, sunny ski pistes of Tirol, Austria! A wonderful sky holiday, now back to reality. What a cold, damp, miserable morning here in Basel. Reminds me of Vancouver winters. In fact, the only thing keeping me from running back into the train station and catching the S3 to bus to work connection are the memories of Saturday morning Atomic rides in the winter,  Grey sky, wet ground, damp damp cold. No matter how many layers I put on, it seeps through. Its not really raining, but theres a light fine spray coming from […]