Last fall, as an early-birthday present (and maybe so I would stop using the spare bike), I received a shiny new Kona Dew Plus for my birthday.
It has logged about 400 kilometres as my commuting bike, mostly during September to November, and on roads and pathways.
This bike is the first bike I’ve chosen for myself, so I wanted something basic but reliable. The Dew Plus fits the bill, and is described by Kona as a hybrid commuter bike. Here are some of its notable aspects.
This spring Reading Week, I travelled with a group of 35 other engineering students to build a home for a family in Tijuana, Mexico. This trip is organized twice a year by the University via YWAM, a Christian missionary group. While not all us who went were Christian, the YWAM team were welcoming and made us feel at home.
More importantly, however, is that in only three days, we had provided a family with a new home. I don’t think I will never forget this experience.
We spent the first day travelling from Calgary, through San Francisco airport, to San Diego. We crossed the Mexican border via San Diego/Tijuana, the busiest land-border crossing in the world.
Crossing borders always brings mixed feelings: the excitement of going to a new place, and the uneasiness that comes with it. In this case, it was hard to believe that people could be born only miles from one another yet live completely different lives. This was evident as our bus drove along the border: litter was strewn everywhere, the homeless and addicted slept along the streets, and the walls along the border amassed a security system that I can only imagine is reminiscent of the Berlin Wall. Apparently, families living on either side often meet to have picnics along the border, separated by concrete and chain-link.
Borders are necessary in many ways, yes, but in the end, they break families apart and divide us as people.
A little while ago I posted about the ways maps change our perception of the world. Well, one of my favourite nerds Hank Green has compiled a quick-and-dirty video on YouTube with some other great examples of how maps can be used.