Category Archive: culture

A Taste For The Exotic

FICTION – The last time I was in India I wrote a short story. It’s about the good stuff: travel, food, and sex. Here’s a link to “A Taste For The Exotic” in the September 2018 issue of the Joao-Roque Literary Journal.

Cycling France’s Canal des Deux Mers

TRAVEL BLOG – A solo, 4-week cycle-camping adventure. The Canal des Deux Mers (Canal of Two Seas) joins the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea along France’s southern edge. View photos, maps, and the app.

Why I Bike: Interview with Adventure Bike Touring

PODCAST – I chat with Jim Fullerton about cycling the Canal des Deux Mers, French campgrounds, EuroVelo routes, and mindfulness (45 minutes).

Bucket List, Australia: small moments in a big country

TRAVEL BLOG – What do you do when you’ve checked off every item on your life’s bucket list? Start a new list, of course.

Cardbordeaux: a cat and a bicycle in France

TRAVEL BLOG – “Would you be willing to stay in our French chateau a few months and watch our cat?” Sue and Ian asked…

Little 100 bike race photo gallery

100 laps, 50-year-old bikes: Vancouver’s annual vintage cruiser cycle race Bike culture in Vancouver continues to thrive and grow. I’ve been involved with the vintage cruiser scene for almost 20 years, led by… Continue reading

The cycling community in Vancouver

5 things you didn’t know about our cycling community Is there a doctrine, a standard, a secret handshake?  Is there a place where all cyclists meet, or a holiday that all cyclists observe?… Continue reading

How to ride a bicycle in Vancouver

Tips, tricks, facts, and jabs from Vancouver’s cycling community by Ulrike Rodrigues Vancouver cyclists are everywhere. If you’re in traffic, we swirl around you. If you’re on the seawall, we glide past you.… Continue reading

How To Job Search by Bicycle

MITEY MISS – Would you hire this writer? A cyclist’s checklist for pounding the pavement.

Adventure Lite for new bike travellers

UPDATED – View the slideshow “An Introduction to Adventure Lite” with advice and encouragement for curious bike tourers.

What I know for sure

Can we share an Oprah moment? I ask because a hefty issue of O Magazine kept me company on a recent bike trip in September and one of its topics kept bouncing around… Continue reading

Top 25 sidewalk cafés on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive

A local’s opinionated guide to the best sidewalk cafes! Each listing includes the cafe’s name and website, a snapshot of what the patio seating looks like, gossipy commentary, and the cafe’s address with cross street.