Biking in other countries 

Holly from Decor8 is moving to Germany and posted a piece about the differences between Europe and American cycle culture.

I love riding my bike. Husband and I AGES ago stopped driving (in case you hadn't noticed from my many bike posts).

LA is not the most friendly place to ride a bike, but it's better than Texas. Lee has been hit 5 or 6 times by cars in Texas, been threatened with physical violence by drunk frat boys in Texas, and just generally been abused by non cyclists there.

Japan - oh biking there was SUCH a pleasure! on the sidewalk, you were treated like a pedestrian by other people and on the road you were treated just like any other vehicle.

Europe - it seems like most of my friends there ride a bike and I am forever looking at Copenhagen Cycle Chic

AND, LOOK - while I was poking about, I found MORE cycle chic sites:

Los Angeles Cycle Chic

Hungarian Cycle Chic

Romanian Cycle Chic

Phoenix Cycle Chic

I've fixed up my bike in the last few months and here is the latest image:

She has a new Chris King Headset, new wheels, new shifters, new brakes and brake levers, and tons of other stuff. Almost all the new parts are american made. The head set is part of Chris King's Pretty and Strong line which donates a portion of the proceeds to breast cancer research. WOOHOO! I get to put my bike nerdiness to a good cause.

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Westminster Abbey 

Below are a few of the design reference photos I took at Westminster Abbey a few weeks ago:

....And do I reeeaaallllly need to say "please don't use these without my permission," do I?
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marvelous month of may... 

This is a great month for me because:

* my wedding anniversary was just a few weeks ago
* I got sent to London for work
* I will be going to tokyo for work
* my husband gets to go with me on both trips

Not alot of crafting, but I did get to crochet on the plane.
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