Uni-Packing in Iceland: Logistics

In July of 2017, I embarked on a 6-day mountain unicycle/trekking trip through a series of gravel roads and then on the Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls hiking trails. In the interest of open-source knowledge sharing, here is a ridiculous amount of logistical information from the trip, including a packing list (with item weights!), food breakdown (also with weights!), route itinerary, and recommendations for accommodation on the trail. Enjoy, future adventurers! Continue reading “Uni-Packing in Iceland: Logistics”

Becoming Iceland’s “Crazy Unicycle Girl”

In July of 2017, I completed a 150-km backpacking trip with my mountain unicycle through gravel roads and over the Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls hiking trails. The hiking trails were by no means remote, so I often encountered surprise, disbelief, and even some scepticism. “But why do it on a unicycle!?” My exact responses varied, but the core idea was the same: I had planned the trip to challenge myself. To force myself to do something outside of my comfort zone. And I succeeded. Continue reading “Becoming Iceland’s “Crazy Unicycle Girl””

A Wedding in Chile

Let it never, ever be said that the Chilean people lack warmth or hospitality. I learned this lesson well in March of 2016, when I flew to Chile for a two-month backpacking trip to celebrate the completion of my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Less than 48 hours after landing in Santiago, I found myself in a situation I had never imagined in my wildest dreams – adopted by a Chilean family and invited to be a member of their wedding party in Valparaíso. Continue reading “A Wedding in Chile”

Listen to This: Rock Edition

I listen to a variety of music, but the broadband genre called “rock” has long been and continues to be my favorite category of music to listen to. From soothing, soul-touching bluesy rock to head-banging metal, the genre has it all. And it’s a crying shame that so much amazing music is out there, but never makes it to the radio to be consumed by “the masses”. To counteract that, at least a little bit, here is a brief collection of my favorite rock songs that you might not have heard before. Plug in, turn up, and rock out, audiophiles! Continue reading “Listen to This: Rock Edition”

Dual Installations of Python 2.X and Python 3.X with Anaconda/Spyder

IS IT NOT BEAUTIFUL???

Python 3 has been around for quite awhile, but I have delayed the upgrade from my 2.7 version partially due to a small fear of my code breaking but mostly out of laziness. Well, I have procrastinated long enough, and today it was finally time to upgrade. However, I wanted to still be able to run/test code in Python 2.7 in case some modules were no longer available in 3.5. The obvious solution from 5 minutes of Googling was virtual environments, but I had trouble finding an “Idiot’s Guide” to working with virtual environments in Windows with Spyder. Once I figured out how to do it, I felt pretty stupid, because it is actually incredibly basic. Continue reading “Dual Installations of Python 2.X and Python 3.X with Anaconda/Spyder”

Unplanned, Yet Successful: Mountain Unicycling in Sweden

There are two well-known groups of people in the world: those who plan everything to the finest detail, and those who refuse to plan anything at all. I normally fall somewhere between these two groups, but for a quick camping-and-unicycling trip to Sweden last fall, I hardly planned anything at all. To my surprise, the weekend trip ended up being quite a success. Continue reading “Unplanned, Yet Successful: Mountain Unicycling in Sweden”

A Wind Energy Conference in Munich

Yes, I ate it later. I was hungry!

Finally! After two months of living in Europe, I got to take my first trip outside of Denmark. Even though the trip was business-oriented (attending the 2016 The Science of Making Torque from Wind conference, frequently shortened to just “Torque”), I still squeezed in quite a bit of cultural experience. And where was this lovely conference, you might ask? Why, that would be in Munich, Germany, my good friend! Continue reading “A Wind Energy Conference in Munich”