Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The Routines of Everyday life


The daily routines have established our everyday life again after the Fall Break.
Alarm clock. Tea. Breakfast & preparing pack lunches. Work. Preparing dinner, cleaning the kitchen, tea ...

The daily routines facilitate our everyday life - releasing resources to decicion making, reflection and other activities. Sometimes, when our mind is occupied elsewhere, the daily routines can take over as"an autopilot". This happened to me once while I was on my way to work. I had an appointement in a kindergarten on a Monday morning. I was thinking about something while I was driving the car. It was only after I had parked the car that I recognized, that I had parked the car on the parking lot of the school, where I usually have appointements on Mondays - instead of driving to the kindergarten! Fortunately I had time to drive to the kindergarten, so I didn't miss the appointement!

This week has been an exception to the normal routines at work due to a 3-days course. As I entered the lecture hall  I was greeted by a former fellow student, whom I haven't met in 6 years! It was nice to catch up and to make some of the exercises in the course together.

Another exception to the daily routines is the fact that this week I've been able to drive a bike instead of driving car. The chilly air (due to the car exhaust I can't boast about fresh air) and biking 40 min. outddoors has been good.

In recent years the "footrest"-supports has been appering in the traffic light junctions of Copenhagen. Cyclists can rest their right foot on the support while waiting for the traffic light to change.


A footrest: "Hi biker - Rest your foot here"


These footrests are a part of the cycling promotional campaign, together with the widening of the bicycle paths in some parts of the city (an effort to avoid biking traffic drops):

 


...  A few wandering thoughts on a Wednesday evening about the daily routines. It seems that it's allready been a while since the Fall Break, even though it is just 3 days away  - Maybe because of the familiar routines of everyday life?

Wishing you a great week &
A warm welcome to all new followers!

7 comments:

  1. Oh how I love that video....imagine everyone riding bikes like that here?! That would be just wonderful! I am so jealous. :0)

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    1. Hi Debbie, Many ride bikes already, but the goal is to get even more to use bicycle and collective traffic to reduce the amount of cars in the city. The bicycle paths makes it easy to drive bike, in the morning traffic it is often faster to travel a short distance by driving a bike than taking the bus :) Biking in the wintertime may be tough a cold way to travel - the wind blows the humid air through and the chill factor is high!

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  2. I love the saying on the teacup.

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    1. Hi Rosey, I was also delighted when I saw those words of wisdom.

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  3. I like this post. It was nice that you were able to see a student that you have not seen for 6 years. I always enjoy running into people that I have not seen for a while. Hope you have a nice rest of the week!

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  4. Hi Dawn, It surely was a pleasure to meet again after all the years - one of the nice surprises that comes in our way every now and then!

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  5. christania’s “lej en cykel” bikes are rolling across the city. The system, less than a year old, is funded by christania’s municipal government. It is currently only in one of christania’s 22 administrative districts. Although a 2nd generation system, there are 12 “Houses” in this district, each with around 40 bikes. The yearly subscription cost is the equivalent of $2 US, and allows the use of a bike for up to four hours at a time. In less than a year, there have been 6,000 subscriptions sold. There are larger 3rd generation systems in the world, which do not have a subscription to bike ratio as big as that.

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