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Turkey – Antalya to Gallipoli, April 2014

The western Turkish Coast was part of the Ancient Greek and Roman empires, and therefore, many historic sites that are thought of as Greek are actually in Turkey. Myra, the birthplace of Saint Nicholas was the first place that we … Continue reading

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Turkey – Ankara to Antalya, April 2014

We drove 6 hours from Istanbul up to the Anatolian Plateau and the capital city of Ankara. Our main purpose here was to see the Ataturk Mausoleum. This museum was dedicated to presenting the founder of modern turkey in a … Continue reading

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Turkey – Istanbul April 2014

Turkey – land belonging to the Turks – a melting pot of history, religion, invasion, earthquakes, volcanoes, offers the traveller a diverse experience like few other places in the world.  Nestled in the top right corner of the Mediterranean basin, … Continue reading

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Training for Granfondo Weeks 8 and 9

I did a combination of short rides, spin classes, hikes up the Grouse Grind and two rides up Cypress Mountain, each approximately 70km. I was able to see improvement in my speed vs heart rate, and managed to break an … Continue reading

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Training for the Granfondo Week 7

This is halfway through the training for the Big Ride. I repeated my UBC circuit ride but focused on keeping in Zone 1. This slowed down my overall time by 5 minutes. The Wednesday clinic coincided with the Tour de … Continue reading

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Training for the Granfondo Week 4

Asm entioend last week I am in a routine training pattern where I do the 16km return to UBC on Tuesday morning, go to the Clinic on Wednesday afternoon, do a spin class Thursday morning and then one or two … Continue reading

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The Last Sermon

The church that I attend on occasion in Vancouver is going through a transition. The minister, Bruce Sanguin is moving on, and delivered his last sermon today. It is one of the best that I have heard in a very … Continue reading

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Pentax Q

I bought the Pentax Q through Blinq and ebay store. The price was less than $300, and the camera came with the 8.5mm F1.9 prime lens, which seemed to be getting more scarce as time went by. The camera body … Continue reading

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Testing road bikes

As part of my get fit strategy and challenging myself for new fitness goals, I am looking at getting a road bike to ride this year, and attempt the RBC Granfondo. I had thought about doing the L’Etape du Tour … Continue reading

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New Pentax Compact Camera, the MX1

Just when I thought my next camera could be the Pentax Q, Pentax announces a new compact camera, the MX-1, which seems to offer some compelling new features for a small handheld compact camera. This of course has a built … Continue reading

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