Monday, July 11, 2016


Convenience Without Compromise

Source: Edward & Sons

Traveling domestically and internationally can present a challenge when looking for vegan vegetarian food items or restaurants. Upon arriving to my travel destination; I am usually focused on navigating an unfamiliar public transportation system and getting mentally prepared for sports event. I like bringing my own food and discovered MISO-CUP reduced sodium soup. 1 MISO-CUP box has 4 single serving soup packets.

Source: George Melichar - Reduced Sodium Nutrition Facts

On the side of the box I noticed a special offer for an attractive MISO-CUP Soup mug. The mug is $3.99. All proceeds from the offer are donated to the reforestation agencies Save the Redwoods, Rainforest Action Network and American Forest Foundation. I needed a mug so I wrote a check for $3.99 to MISO-CUP Soup Mug Offer and mailed it to P.O. Box 1326, Carpinteria California 93014, USA.

Source: George Melichar - Special Offer Information

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I LOVE THIS MUG + all the packaging contents are recyclable. If you do not have recycling available, most United States Postal Offices have a blue bin for paper mail recycling.

Source: Edward & Sons

Source: George Melichar - Free Samples

The mug is easy to wash and there were free samples inside the mug as an added surprise. When I prepare my mug for the day I add some chopped basil or cilantro from my garden. All I will have to do is add the MISO-CUP packet contents and hot water later in the day for a great lunch or dinner. I highly recommend purchasing the MISO-CUP Soup mug offer and MISO-CUP Soup!

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Q&A: Olympian Aiysat Yusuf-Aromire

Q&A: Olympian Aiysat Yusuf-Aromire
Life & Style

Source: George Melichar - Olympian Aiysat Yusuf-Aromire

Born in Nigeria, Aiysat Yusuf-Aromire is a EuroGames 2016 participant in Helsinki, Finland - Europe. She has competed in 2 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournaments in Canada 2002 and Thailand 2004, 1 FIFA Women's World Cup in China 2007 and the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008.  Ayisat is also a board member of FARE since 2015. Fair's website states "Fare’s commitment to tackle discrimination through football’s inclusive power is based on the principle that the game, as the most popular sport in the world, belongs to us all and can propel social cohesion. Fare combats all forms of discrimination,  including racism, far-right nationalism, sexism, trans- and homophobia and discrimination against disabled people."

What inspired you to participate in football?
What really inspired me to participate in football was when I was young I saw a lot of boys playing football in my community. From there I started playing football with them and at that time I used to be the only girl playing among boys. It was kind of funny and fun because I used to be the tomboy .

Fondest memory from the 2008 Summer Olympics?
My fondest memory from the 2008 summer Olympics was when I dined with some great athletes and celebrities like Lione Messi, Ronaldinho Gaucho , Kobe Bryant, The american great basket player Asafa Powell and many others.

What sports apparel item can you not live without?
Any Nike product + NIKE canvas shoes!

What is your favorite football shoe?
NIKE football shoes!

Fondest memory from the 2004 African Women's Championships?
After winning the Gold medals and we where flown straight to Abuja in Aso Rock to dine with the president of Nigeria.

Fondest memory from the 2007 Women's World Cup?
My teammates and I played 1-1 against USA's team. It was a very though game! Abby Wemback scored from the United States and Cynthia Uwak scored from Nigeria.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Back to my teenage age years LOL!

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
My Mother because she as always be there for me. In sports international soccer player from Nigerian Mercy Akide-Udoh and Olympian Lionel Messi of Argentina.

What is your favorite food?
Amala with vegetable soup, rice and plantain.

What was the most important piece of advice given to you in your life?
Don't care about what other people say about you! Care about what you are passionate about, have a reason for your actions, and embrace your faith in God. 

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Freedom Bike Ride 2016

Freedom Bike Ride 2016
Ride For Your Rights

Source: Freedom Bike Ride

Cyclists from Russia rode approximately 250km from Vyborg, Russia to Helsinki, Finland - Europe as part of the Freedom Bike Ride 2016. With overnight stops in tents along the kings road, the Freedom Bike Ride is in solidarity of the Russian LGBTQII communities path to their freedom. In 2015 the inaugural bike ride went from Voyborg, Russia to Stockholm, Sweden.

Source: Fredom Bike Ride - Russian Medieval Castel

Freedom bike rider Alexandr Agapov said "The Freedom Bike Ride is a new project. We launched it in 2015 and it was highly important to us to carry it out this year as well. Fortunately we did it! There is no need to be a super professional biker to participate in the project. On the contrary, our idea is to involve ordinary people who wants to experience something new. There is no gender, age, or sexuality restrictions. Though there were no foreign participants so far, we more than welcome them too. Because during the ride we learn each other better, we share our experience and feelings what, in the end, helps Russian participants to emancipate and become more open. I hope, the next ride will have more participants and will be international."

Source: Freedom Bike Ride

When I asked Alexandr Agapov about one of his memorable ride moments he said "on our way to Porvoo, I had to repair a back wheel. The tire got a tiny hole and I had to put a patch on it. It was raining cats and dogs. My sneakers were full of water just like a sponge. I wore a rain coat and only my face and hands were open. But neither hard rain nor the rain coat could protect me from annoying and hungry for blood mosquitos. They were flying around and biting my hands and forehead. It was very hard to concentrate on repairing the wheel when a dozen of mosquitos are trying to suck out as much blood as they could."

Source: Freedom Bike Ride - St Henrik church in Pyht√§√§, Finland

Source: Russian Channel 47 News

Russian Channel 47 News reported "Gays take Vyborg on bikes!" & "Non-traditional men in tights." I would not describe this news article as supportive of the Freedom Bike Riders. The nervous correspondence by father Dionisy was disappointing as well but not surprising.

 Source: Freedom Bike Ride - Rider Alexandr Agapov

Source: Freedom Bike Ride - Alexey Liskin

The freedom bike riders arrived in Helsinki for the EuroGames 2016. Alexey Liskin participated in the 9.5km PRIDE Run the morning before the Helsinki PRIDE Parade. I encourage everyone to read(translate online if needed) the Channel 47 news article. The Freedom Bike Riders are more then just athletes on bikes, they are courageous LGBT athletes and leaders.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

EuroGames Helsinki PRIDE Run 2016

EuroGames Helsinki PRIDE Run 2016

EuroGames PRIDE Run took place in Helsinki, Finland - Europe. The event organizers offered a 5km & 9.5km distance. Some athletes including myself arrived early and volunteered help to the EuroGames organizers take down the protective gates and position high-top tables. The atmosphere of the event was relaxed and a celebration of the weeks sporting events. 160 runners participated in the PRIDE run. EuroGames athletes ran together with Helsinki area locals which offered great impromptu on course conversations.

Source: George Melichar - Accreditation

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Source: George Melichar - Paris Front Runners Club

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Source: George Melichar - PRIDE Run Start

Source: George Melichar - running towards lake Toolonlahti 

Source: George Melichar - Volunteer Olympian Aiysat Yusuf-Aromire

Source: Lake Toolonlahti

 Source: George Melichar - 5km & 9.5km race course split

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Source: ROCK STAR Volunteers

 Source: George Melichar - Community Garden

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The city of Helsinki offers a unique metropolitan run experience! I would recommend bringing your own water bottle for an organized race event and trail shoes. View PRIDE Run Finisher Results here:  RESULTS

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Eurogames Helsinki 2016: Mika Ruusunen / EuroGames Helsinki