Hi all, it's been a while (except for you who follow me on Twitter), things have been silent on here while I was working on the new Amsterdamize platform, getting it all ready for 2012, for a new adventure. As things go, that will take a wee bit more time. So bear with me :). I also have to put it on hold because I'm in the middle of packing, as I'll be heading for Melbourne on Sunday and it won't surprise you when I say I'm really looking forward to it. 2011 granted me plenty of exciting endeavors, taking me to New York, Copenhagen, Reykjavik and on a few continental trips.
The (Un)5Boro Crew, New York
Dutch Cycling Embassy launch, Brussels
Bike buddies, Brussels
But Australia is the icing on the cake. It will be the first time in my life. It had to happen at some point, as my older brother has been living there for years now. It will be a 30 hour journey with a few layovers. First London, but time won't allow me to go search for Little Britain on wheels.
Not to worry, I sense I will in the foreseeable future. Then Singapore. Again, the window of opportunity is too small to be able to explore.
Touchdown in Melbourne. From the airport I'll be transported directly to the mountains a few hours from the city, where I'll spend a relaxing week with my family & experience New Year's Eve in the wilderness. Right after that the second leg kicks off: returning to Melbourne, meeting up and riding with my bike friends in Melbourne and elsewhere. Also, on Jan 4th at 5:05pm local Melbourne time I'll be on Radio New Zealand, the national public service radio station. I'll be interviewed about Dutch bike culture in general & New Zealands' efforts. From the preparations for it, I can tell you this could be interesting. So if you have time, do tune in (on the website) and let me know what you think.I leave behind a wet, windy & dark Amsterdam, diving right into a pool of summer fun. I know what you're thinking: "There's a helmet law there! Waddaya gonna do?" Maybe this outfit would be a tad too warm & inconvenient to pull off, but I like the idea. I'm sure I can think of something to circumvent the issue...
So, I hope y'all have a wonderful xmas, a NYE blast and I also hope to see you back here in 2012. BikePLANET-wise, it's only just begun.