Inquirer: Zurich bicycle-trip personal essay

Standing with Sean Blanda and his brother Brian in Zurich, on the dock described in my Inquirer story below.
Standing with Sean Blanda and his brother Brian in Zurich, on the dock described in my Inquirer story below.

A personal journey essay of mine appeared in today‘s Sunday edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

If I keep my hand steady long enough, I just might get a photograph of me racing down the steepest hill in Zürich on a bicycle. But I’ll have to settle for the shot of me standing on a dock on Lake Zurich, shadowed by the yellow sun, framed in crystal blue skies, as I peer at the Swiss Alps, not 20 miles away. Read the rest here.

See related video, another photograph and read some details on the story below.

I offered to edit some video to accompany the story online, but no takers. Here’s the full video that I was willing to trim down.

But I was happy to get what I suppose I can consider my first professional travel story accepted.

I pounded out the essay. I was reminded of the story and wrote the 500-words in no more than 45 minutes. Then I spent another half-hour editing it, with the help of a friend. After submitting it, an editor approved it, then reviewed it, calling me for clarification on a few points. Then it went through copy editing and ran in today’s Inquirer, an edition with more than 350,000 subscribers.

Not much work at all to forever cast a very special few hours with friends on Oct. 16, 2008.

On my rented bicycle alongside Brian Blanda, my college buddys brother in Zurich.
On my rented bicycle alongside Brian Blanda, my college buddy's brother in Zurich.