The Biking Life

I have been swooning, swooning, over my new bike – the Electra Amsterdam (which I just reviewed for Pet the Pretty Things). So much so that I keep it inside the flat, against a wall like a piece of art.

I’ve written in previous posts about how I don’t have a car nor do I go to a gym, instead relying on walking to get around and for exercise. However I have to add biking to that for now I’m getting to areas I couldn’t before and discovering a lot more of LA.

Example, this morning I finally made my way to Venice Beach. For years I’ve resisted going because it didn’t sound like a place I’d like to go and the hassle of parking always seemed far too much. But with an easy ride along the oceanside trails, I was there quickly and easily (and realised it wouldn’t have been worth the parking headache!).

I’m biking every morning now to my favourite coffee spot (Urth Cafe – a place I could before really only get to when I had the Flexcar) and also loading up my foldable side basket with groceries (with a reusable bag from Whole Foods of course). And I’m looking for any and every reason to bike anywhere else (and especially reason to ring my horn although truthfully, I still say, “beep beep.”)

Why it’s taken me over 3 years to get a bike in Santa Monica I’ll never know but the waiting paid off because I’ve found my perfect bike (complete with skirt guard – oh my) .

alex at hygge house
alex at hygge house

Online since 1995, Alex was one of the first bloggers and has consistently been creating content, sites and communities to share stories that matter. In 2004 she created Hygge House to embrace her Danish heritage by sharing thoughts and inspiration on living well and simply. In 2001 Alex Immigrated to America and currently resides in a 1900’s converted barn on a ranch in the Santa Barbara California mountains.


  1. JohannaNo Gravatar
    August 21, 2007 / 9:23 AM

    Hi, I just want to say that I have really enjoyed this site and found plenty of useful information and inspiration.

    You are a great writer and I love the fact that you put so much effort into everything you do. You will be missed! Regards Johanna

  2. August 21, 2007 / 12:29 PM

    I very rarely visit blogs and never comment, but yours is one of pleasure and inspiration for me. I hope you enjoy your break and come back rested and inspired.

  3. LisaNo Gravatar
    August 27, 2007 / 2:32 AM

    Love your site, sorry to see you go but after seeing your YouTube blog you do need a break, it is very different from this, depressing almost. Can’t wait until you’re back to the happy ‘Girl At Play’ that I see on your other sites. Good luck with your future!

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