Road to La Noria
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  Posted February 18th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Travel | No comments yet.

Top rides

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Winter Cycling in Mexico
What are you waiting for? Get away from Canadian winter and come to Mazatlán, Mexico. Enjoy the sun during the winter months riding your bicycle like I did for past two months. It is safe, fun and most importantly, it is not overly hot there at this time of a year.


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 History of Valentine’s Day
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  Posted February 14th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Family | No comments yet.

Saint Valentine’s Day – February 14th

Wish you a Happy Valentine! 

February has long been a month of romance. It is the month associated with Valentine’s Day celebrations.


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 Edmonton’s first bridges
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  Posted February 10th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | No comments yet.

Edmonton heritage

By: Lawrence Herzog

From no bridges to five river crossings
In the first dozen years of the 20th century, Edmonton went from no bridges to five river crossings. Those five bridges, opened between 1900 and 1913, were to serve the growing city without any additions for nearly the next 50 years.


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 The Best-kept Secrets in Croatia
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  Posted February 6th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Traveling Croatia

Source: CN Traveler

Guide to the best-kept secrets in Croatia
In the past decade Croatia has gone from being the quieter, more-affordable alternative to Italy, to a top summer destination for the super-yacht set. So take a tip from James Stewart and head for one of these lesser-visited corners of the Dalmatian Coast out of season, when the days are warm, and the beaches and vine-covered hillsides are blissfully crowd-free.


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 How dopers stole the best years of my career
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  Posted February 2nd, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | One comment

Cycling Opinions

Source: The Age, written by: Bradley McGee

A sense of deja vu
I have felt a sense of deja vu these past weeks as the Lance Armstrong story unravels. My emotions are the same as they were after the 1998 Tour de France, when the Festina team was kicked off the race for systematic doping and I was a new professional.


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 Istrian Croatia: Porec and Novigrad
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  Posted January 28th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | 8 comments

Traveling Croatia

By Dumneazu

The most touristy towns in Istria
After spending two days in Pula, we headed north along the Istrian coast by bus. Porec looked inviting – a beautiful Venetian old town occupying a small peninsula jutting into the Adriatic


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 Croatian Specialties
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  Posted January 24th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | 17 comments

Croatian food

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Food tasting in Croatia
On my resent trip to Croatia, I decided to take pictures of the Croatian food specialties as they were being served to us. I will try to describe them to the best of my knowledge…


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 Rat hole
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  Posted January 20th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | No comments yet.

Edmonton heritage

Source: C2E portal and Lawrence Herzog

Fond memories of Edmonton’s past
Edmonton has been my home base or home city for a several decades now. I moved here from Croatia with my family in 1989. So, I do remember some of the old things mentioned here. I remember when the Rat Hole was a dark and wet way to traverse 109 Street — it was unique and a hoot to drive though.


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 Mazatlán’s beloved pulmonias
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  Posted January 16th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Mexico

By: Nancy Seeley

Celebrating 50 years – Mazatlán’s beloved pulmonias just keep on going
December 20 marked the golden anniversary of the first triumphant pulmonia ride through the city of Mazatlán streets in what was basically a steel-bodied golf cart with three wheels.


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 Bonking
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  Posted January 12th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Have you ever bonked? What is ‘bonking’?
‘Bonking’ is a phrase used in the cycling world to describe the state you reach when your body simply runs out of energy. It usually happens like this:


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 New Arrivals, Choose Your Corners
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  Posted January 8th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | One comment

Edmonton life

By: Trent Wilkie

New Arrivals, Choose Your Corners!
A quick and dirty guide to where the cliques hangout in Edmonton, courtesy of our humor writer.


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 Information Technology Oldies
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  Posted January 4th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Edmonton, Uncategorized | 6 comments

Technology

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Advances in Technology since I was a kid
This is all about having fun. So let’s have some fun by reminding ourselves of not very old technology devices, that are obsolete these days.


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 How to be Croatian
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  Posted December 30th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 2 comments

Life in Croatia

By: Cody McClain Brown

How to be Croatian in eight easy steps
There are a lot of reasons to like Croatia. She’s a beautiful country. We’ve all seen the pictures: pristine seascapes, idyllic little islands, scenic medieval towns, and again pristine seascapes.


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 Mazatlán by bike
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  Posted December 26th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Bike Touring is an amazing way to see Mazatlán
In my opinion biking is one of the nicest ways to experience Mazatlán’s famous promenade, also called malecón. That’s why my wife and I brought our road bikes aboard WestJet flight from Edmonton to Mazatlán. Whenever we travel, we are always looking for something little different in terms of exploring local life and we think bikes are perfect tools for that.


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 Christmas Trees
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  Posted December 22nd, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 5 comments

Christmas traditions

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Christmas celebrations all over the world
In various parts of the world Christmas is celebrated differently, but the Christmas tree in some form or fashion is quite popular; examining differences and similarities.


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 Mazatlán buses
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  Posted December 18th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Boarding local Mazatlán buses for Mexicans is safe for gringos!
Many people have asked questions about taking the bus in Mexico. Is it safe? Is it reliable? Is it even half-comfortable? Well, it depends! This is what I have to say about buses in Mazatlán.


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 Growing up without a cell phone (OMG!)
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  Posted December 14th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | No comments yet.

Tales from the past

By: The Over 35 Crowd

If you are 35, or older, you might think this is hilarious!
When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning…. Uphill… Barefoot… BOTH ways… yadda, yadda, yadda.


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 Stone Island
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  Posted December 10th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Great beach day gateway from the city!
When in Mazatlan, you should not miss this trip. But do not take expensive tour offered by many Tour companies. It just isn’t necessary! You can easily do it on your own. Simply get to the ‘Embarcadero’ by foot or taxi. Don’t forget beach towels and swimming suits!


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 Cycling starting at 50
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  Posted December 6th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

Source: I Love Bicycling portal

Riding your bike is fun and enjoyable
There’s never a wrong time to get into cycling whether at 5 years old or starting at 50 years old. We all do it for various reasons but it always comes down to the fact that it is fun and enjoyable. Age can be seen as a hurdle by many and it can be if you don’t know a few things to look out for going into it.


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 Old Mazatlán
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  Posted December 2nd, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Exploring Old Mazatlán (Centro Historico)
It is true what they say: Time flies when you’re having fun. And that’s what we have here in Centro Historico area, or as they also call it Old Mazatlán. The average temperature hovers around 28 degrees Celsius; the sun shines every day and outdoors is the place to be.


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 Vancouver highlights
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  Posted November 28th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 2 comments

Travel Canada

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Long weekend in Vancouver (BC) back in 2012.
As the Labour Day holiday was approaching this year, Vera and I were making plans how to spend this long weekend in neighboring province of British Columbia. Our plan was to drive there and visit our friends in Langley (BC) and we also wanted to finally tour the city of Vancouver. I knew, it was going to be a long drive, but I like driving so off we went on Friday morning (I had an extra day off from work) via Jasper and Kamloops on this 1000 km journey through western Canada.


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 The misery machine
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  Posted November 24th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | One comment

Winter training

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Suffering on the Turbo trainer in the basement.
If you have used the turbo trainer like me, suffering in the pain cave surrounded by snow, getting photos from Los Angeles friends, still riding outside and doing paceline work and dreaming of the spring – you know the trainer is a necessary evil for all of us cyclists in Canada.


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 Chichen Itza ruins
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  Posted November 20th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | One comment

Traveling Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Day trip to Chichen Itza & Valladolid, in Mexico.
While they are not in the Riviera Maya but a two and a half hours drive deep into the land of the Maya (and in the Yucatan State), the new world wonder of Chichen Itza and the beautiful town of Valladolid are worth a visit for everyone visiting Cancún or Mayan Riviera areas.


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 Edmonton – Historic buildings
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  Posted November 16th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | 3 comments

Edmonton heritage

Source: C2E Forum

As promised long time ago, here’s round 3 of Edmonton’s downtown core and area.
Thanks to Sonic Death Monkey and Green Grovenor, I have been made aware of another source of historical information: Lawrence Herzog’s collection of ‘It’s Our Heritage’ columns which are available online.  …


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 Bethesda, Maryland
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  Posted November 12th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 3 comments

Traveling USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Walking tour of Bethesda
Bethesda is a small town in Montgomery County, in the Washington-Arlington metro area. When Vera and I purchased Metro daily passes while visiting Washington, we had to use them to get our money worth. So we decided to take the train and travel from one side of the city to the other. It was a Friday afternoon, my conference was over and we had plenty of time.


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