"My colleagues thought I was crazy. But ultimately they absolutely respect it because they would turn up to work all angry, being stuck in the car"
Stockholm School of Economics made this nice film about one of their students, Andrew. I totally agree with him that curiosity and questioning drive humanity forward. And what boost your thinking better than cycling? Many brainy and creative people have boosted their creativity by riding bikes. Siri Derkert, Albert Einstein and The Wright Brothers for example, came up with some of their greatest ideas while cycling. And I actually know what kind of awesome business idea Andrew’s got in mind..! Stay tuned.
P.S: Crazy is the new smart (and not even that crazy anymore).
Dear Australian driver, who pulled down your windscreen and yelled "Get out of the way!!" while I was on my way to work this morning:
I’m just writing to deeply apologize… for giving you the finger. Seriously, that was very immature of me, and I don’t know why I did that…(!!)
I’ve been riding this road for several weeks, and no other driver has ever showed bad behavior as you did to me, not even the slightest. Contrary, we all try to do our best in traffic, and it’s been going great so far. It’s an amazingly beautiful commute that I do almost every day. When you and I met this morning, the road was empty of cars and I kept a little to the left, so you could easily overtake me if you wanted. So I was very surprised and chocked of your manners.
After some thinking, I realised you must be one of those people who has a massive aura of negativity around you and get annoyed with things that no one else cares about. Your life must really suck because of this. You might have had a really bad morning - but you seem to be the only one during my commutes so far who takes it out on other people in traffic. You might be one of those people who drives a shiny car, but lacks everything else. Like love and happiness. Which make me feel really sorry for you.
And I figured there must be something severely wrong with you and/or your life, when you didn’t stop at the STOP sign either (STOP means “stop”). I guess that’s what really upset me and made me act like a baby. It scared me that someone like you drive around on our streets without following the simplest of rules. (Perhaps you ignored this important rule as you realised that if you’d stop, I’d end up right next to you. But seriously, I’m not dangerous, and you’re an adult who should be able to stand up for yourself, right?)
Anyhow, despite your illegal, rude and dangerous manners, I shoudn’t have responded the way I did! Giving you the finger probably won’t give back your hope for humanity, and it certainly doesn’t makes you a happier person or a more respectful driver. I guess it is true what they say, that people’s bad energy and behavour is contagious: you really brought out the worst in me. Which is actually quite amazing that you did, because nothing bring me such joy (regarding how my mornings are) as choosing to ride to work by bike. Perhaps you should try it sometime.
Anyhow. Next time you pull down your window and yell at me, I’ll promise that I’ll give you a big smile and a friendly waive, perhaps a lollie too. You if anyone really needs it.
"The vision has always been to reflect real people riding bikes and the transportation bike culture that exists on our streets: to give everyday cyclists a voice and a public image and to de-mystify cycling for the bike-curious. "//
“It’s important to have magazines (and books, movies, TV shows, etc.) that portray everyday men and women and children cycling because that helps to “normalize” this wonderful way of getting from A to B. When we see ourselves reflected in popular culture, we feel included and accepted and that is a very important element of our social well-being.”
- Amy Walker, Momentum Magazine
Just have to promote this magazine that has been around since 2001, but only crossed my path this year (!). Momentum Magazine. It makes me so happy and it will probably make you happy too!
Hi Eline.. i just wanted to tell u how amazing ur blog is! keep the good work :) and by the way i like ur pictures.. what camera do u use and do u edit the colors? :)
Thank you!! It means a lot!
I use a Canon 50D (as it back then had the most frames per sec and I’ve always liked objects that doesn’t stay still…) Might upgrade soon though, perhaps to the 6D. (Sometimes I just use my smartphone though, I can recommend the app VSCO CAM).
I shoot in RAW format and edit the photos in Camera Raw, where you can adjust basically everything… Exposure, light/shadows, color, Kelvin… you name it. Don’t play around too much though. And then sometimes Photoshop to add some additional stuff, such as text. Hope this answer helped you somewhat, or else message me again!