Entering vacation (and adventure) mode and heading to Morocco As much as I’ve enjoyed my sustainability investigations (and I still need to update my Vitoria-Gasteiz post with some learnings), I’ve resolved to chill a bit more for the remainder of my trip. I took the train from Vitoria-Gasteiz in northernContinue Reading

Stepping off the train from Madrid in Vitoria-Gasteiz, a city of 252,000 in the Basque Country,  northern Spain, felt like stepping into an alternate universe. The doors of the station opened to a cool December evening. I walked down a wide street lined with large magnolia trees, interspersed with restaurantContinue Reading

Going to Madrid during the COP 25 conference was, in a few words, inspiring, depressing and frustrating. Inspiring to attend a few “side events” with excellent speakers deeply involved in implementing the TOTALLY DO-ABLE solutions we need to to turn the corner and drive global CO2 emissions to zero. DepressingContinue Reading

I finally figured out how to attend side events of the COP 25 climate conference in Madrid. It took some digging, and help from a couple of my new connections. So I’m busing it from San Sebastián, where I spent a few days decompressing from the hubub of Barcelona. SanContinue Reading

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