Steps toward the car-free city I haven’t posted in a while because, frankly, I’m finding it difficult to make myself sit down and write, or even just stay indoors, in a city with so much going on, especially when it’s sunny and up to 20 degrees out! So, I’m compromisingContinue Reading

Modern architecture, transportation and nature Shifting attention from the old to the new, and turning on my “Planner” antennae, Montpellier seems to have achieved a nice balance of density and livability, at least in the neighbourhoods close to the centre. The residential areas are mostly row-houses and other attached multi-plexes,Continue Reading

A peek at the industry from a shipping engineer’s perspective I was hosted by friends of my family in the Amsterdam area, including Boudewijn van der Garden, who works for Jumbo Shipping, a heavy-lift shipping company, as the Regional Commercial Manager specialising in renewables, specifically offshore wind. This provided meContinue Reading

A few quick impressions I spent a couple of days in Brussels, in part to meet with a work contact related to heat pump technology (separate post – they’re piling up!). I traded in my backpack for a suitcase and it’s much easier to mount on my bike. The bikeContinue Reading

Took the foldie for a spin today, it was great to get some exercise and I love how a bike opens up a city. Distances and pacing evaporate. There’s no “should I go down that street? What if it’s uninteresting?” because it’s practically effortless, so may as well explore more!Continue Reading