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Michele hits up the Champagne Bar

January 3, 2011 by


I imagined myself sipping a glass of champagne before jetting off to Paris for the day… That was me, in awe of the champagne bar at St. Pancras International in the heart of London.  Actually, I was in awe of everything at St. Pancras- the 30 foot bronze sculpture of a couple saying their goodbyes […]

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Ugly…

December 31, 2010 by


Everyone, or nearly everyone, will spend a few moments reflecting on the close of the first decade of the 21st Century before beginning the next decade with a an awe inspiring hangover. We, here in the land of green opportunity, are no different. Let us review the events of the past decade in all their […]

Sara Ruto and the cell phone…

December 28, 2010 by


Here’s an opportunity (or three) for Silicon Valley – small, self contained solar generation. As the rain fell in San José on Christmas Eve I learned about Sara Ruto, an entrepreneurial woman living in a remote Kenyan village. Ms. Ruto would walk two miles on dirt paths and take a 3 hour motorcycle taxi ride […]

Brick, Tunnels and Values

November 28, 2010 by


In Utrecht, the network of bike paths was incredible, comprehensive, seemingly unending and…pretty. By pretty, I don’t just mean scenic. I mean that the paving material used was aesthetically pleasing. It was brick and/or some sort of cobblestone, something that adds personality to a city while making the riding/walking experience enjoyable and interesting. Function AND […]

The Pod People Have Arrived…

October 29, 2010 by


Just in time for Halloween the pod people have arrived in San José –  except these folks come with the Podcar and are not interested in eating your brain. San José’s city hall is home to a three day conference on the latest in personal rapid transit (PRT). Touting podcars as the latest in green, fast […]

Cheater Bikes in the Netherlands

October 19, 2010 by


A few months ago, I blogged about electric vehicles.  I wrote that they promise to help move us in a more sustainable direction but that ultimately, biking is where it’s at.  Little did I know that just a few months later I would be riding an electric bike around Rotterdam as a part of a […]

Garages are for Parking Cars

October 10, 2010 by


    In the US, garages are akin to storage units, providing a safe haven for holiday decorations, photo albums, camping gear and that bike you manage to ride very infrequently.  In Amsterdam, garages are used to park cars.  How does this happen?  In Amsterdam the Dutch do not allow people to buy a parking […]