THE TRIOBIKE MONO CARGO BIKE EXPERIENCE

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I love living an active lifestyle. This is one of the most important attributes that I would like to pass down to my children. Living an active lifestyle is great for your health, physically but also mentally. One of the ways I like to teach my kids to be more active is by always choosing to walk or bike if possible. I try to do things in the vicinity to avoid having to drive. Before the kids, Brandon and I loved to bike around the city. I biked to get to work every day and during the winter, I would use public transportation. Since moving to Montreal I haven’t felt the need to own a car. I love that about living in my neighbourhood. Everything is so accessible!

Last Saturday it was a beautiful sunny day and we went to Old Montreal with the Triobike Mono. This beautiful and stylish family bike is made in Denmark and is for sale or to rent at Allo Velo. When I first saw it, I thought about how it was a great idea since it is so convenient! I could get places faster than with the stroller and there is so much storage space to bring whatever my heart desires. However, I was a little intimidated by the size and the added responsibility of having to ride with my children in it. A lot of questions came to my mind. The first one was, will I be able to balance it and is it hard to maneuver? I also thought about the kids. How safe is it for them? But I had to give it a try!

Very quickly all my worries went away and I fell in love when I sat and started to ride.

I should start with how safe I found it for my children. I was happy to see that the beautiful leather seats come with 5-point adjustable seat belts to keep them seated properly and safely. The wagon also has a retractile hood which will protect them from harsh weather conditions. Snow, rain or too much sun, this is perfect all year round! The design is tailored to fit the needs of families. All the materials used are easy to clean and the box even has a self drainage system! Eating snacks and drinking milk, no problem! Taking care of your wagon is so easy with very little maintenance.

Since I am a petite girl, I was a little concerned about the size and weight. I was wondering how easy it would be to keep stable and how easy it would be to maneuver. The Triobike Mono is actually one of the world’s lightest and safest cargo bikes! The biggest and best part of all is that the bike balances on its own. I was super surprised by how easy it was to use! With all the different gear settings, I had no problem going up steep hills. I really especially liked how easy it was to steer. The brakes are perfect. They are built using the same design and mechanism as a car. This feature is one of my favourites because it makes me feel much safer.

The Triobike is all about your freedom to choose and express who you are. It will take you where cars cannot go. Choosing more economical and sustainable modes of transportation is a great way to be an example in our children and to make a positive impact on the environment. Living this kind of lifestyle will teach our children that they can indeed make a difference. The Trio Bike Mono is such a great alternative.

 Triobike is used  by families all across Canada! What kind of footprint are you leaving on this world for our children?

STAY TUNED FOR MY NEXT POST ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF BIKING!!

LOST IN PARADISE

Hello friends, it’s been a while since I posted last time. There were a lot of things going on but most of all just a lot of work to do. We had the most amazing trip ever.

My husband and I went with my family to Spain. My parents and my two brothers decided to drive over and it took them exactly 24 hours to get to Almeria, Spain. Me and Alejandro flew over to Malaga. We got there on Monday the 12th of August. We were so tired but so happy and excited to go to the beach.

To travel and to feel comfortable we decided to rent a car that way we could go where ever we wanted when ever we wanted. It took us 2 hours to get to Almeria and the weather was just smooth! Roquetas de Mar is a city part of Almeria, it’s a very touristic area and we found such a cute apartment to rent for the two weeks. It was just 400 meters away from the beach, so my morning runs were absolutely amazing!

So there we were… we had two weeks to enjoy and relax to the fullest. On the very first day once we got to the apartment we rested but not the whole day, I really wanted to go to the beach. In the evening I went to the beach with my parents while Alejandro stayed home and slept a bit longer.

And I’m just going to be repeating myself from now on. We went to the beach every single day. I woke up around 8AM and went for a morning run that way I could start my days with a good mood and enjoy all the food I wanted to eat. Around noon we were all ready to drive over to the beach. It took us about 25 minutes to get to the beach called “el Zapillo”. We would rest right in front of some palm trees but close enough to the water.

All of you should know I haven’t been to Spain for the last four years so my skin was like super white. My whole family was just super tanned already and I looked like a freaking cheese right next to them, looool. I just went straight to the water and started swimming. We had bought some diving goggles and snorkel and explored the whole waters. We saw many fishies and so many shells it was just so unbelievably beautiful!

My friends, we ate so much food. There was so much meat and argentine biscuits to try. I ate so much chocolate I thought I was going to be diabetic looool that’s how much sweet I ate. Good thing I was doing my workout in the morning. We even tried this ice cream place called “be waffle” and it was delicious. You could create your own waffle ice cream and OF COURSE mine had NUTELLA and DULCE DE LECHE! daaaaa!

“BE WAFFLE” ICE CREAM PLACE,
AGUADULE, ALMERIA, SPAIN

One night we went out to “la feria” it was like an attraction park. There were some games to play and it was so big, I felt like we walked the whole evening. But at the end of the night my husband made it so worth the walk. He won a stuffed animal for me, a dog, we called him Charlie. He is now officially living in Germany with us.

WELCOME OUR NEWEST FAMILY MEMBER: CHARLIE

We can all live in our deepest paradise but each dream comes to an end. Two weeks in paradise weren’t enough to explore but it was enough for my soul and spirit to rest and recharge. I truly needed it, I needed to go somewhere else and explore something new. I needed to swim every day and look for fish. Even though fish aren’t really my best friends I had the best time of my life with those little guys.

Folks, if you have the chance to go somewhere and explore something then do it. It will recharge your spirit and you will be able to focus more on important things. Being lost in a paradise is the best thing you can do, especially if you create your own paradise in your own way.

xo, Carol

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN

Last week my friend and I planned a trip to Europa Park, Germany’s largest theme park. If you want to enjoy it even more, try to go under the week, everyone is at school and if there are more people than expected its fine too. JUST GO AND HAVE FUN!

All the rides were amazing! I want you to know something before I keep writing: I AM A VERY CRAZY PERSON when talking about roller coasters! I love it. I can go on and on for hours without getting sick and it gets better when you go with someone as crazy as you!

SHE’S MY BEANS

We started our trip around 9AM and it took us almost one hour to get there. Once we got there we started speed walking towards our adventure! Europa Park has different sections, the names of the sections are different countries. So let’s say when you enter Europa Park you enter the park in “Germany” following that you’ll be in “France”. Each country has its own traditions and its own roller coasters. It’s amazing!

BEAUTIFUL RESTING SPOT

My favorite roller coaster is in “Scandinavia”. THE BLUE FIRE. In only 2.5 seconds you will be catapulted from 0 to 100 km/h and the feeling is great, your adrenaline is high and you just want more and more… and that’s what we did, since there weren’t many people we went right for another ride. We loved it! Also we were so lucky to have good weather, we got buuuurned! There’s nothing better than getting a little more tanned before your actual vacation. We wanted to cool down so bad so we decided to go to the Waterpark section in “Greece”. We got wet from all the water roller coasters, walked around for hours with wet shirts but the feeling was just so satisfying.

TOOK IT RIGHT BEFORE THE MOVIES

We stayed there the whole day which is understandable if you pay 50 Euros per Person. We walked kilometers that day since the park is huge too. Later we were so tired but we didn’t want to be tired, so we went for another ride, then we had to walk back because we really wanted to eat some chicken from “Germany”, loooooool, it was delicious! When we got home, I fell asleep like a baby sheep. THE TRIP WAS SO WORTH IT!

My friends, In my opinion if you have the chance to go out with your spouse, parent, brother, sister or friend then do it! You can treasure those memories and have a lot of fun! You will never be too old for fun and you will never be too busy for a laugh!

xo, Carol

EUROPE LIFE: OUR BENEFIT

Two weeks ago, I looked up our calendar and saw that Alejandro and I had two days off under the week. Since the weather was looking great I told him to make a road trip to the temple in Switzerland. It takes 2,5 Hours to get there from our house and having just fixed our car we had the chance to go.

We packed our stuff the same day, my mom called the hostel (its right next to the temple) and reserved a room for us. We had to wait the whole day to be able to leave with our car. On one hand because it was freaking hot outsite and on the other hand because our car is so old that there is NO AC. Anyways, I had the whole day to relax and do some shopping, I bought some snacks, picked up my little brother from school and as soon as he was home I headed to my house.

It was getting darker and the heat was gone, all the sudden it started raining like crazy, but somehow that was not a surprise for us, lol, welcome to Germany, the wonderful country of rain. Like I said before, the trip only took us 2,5 hours and to be honest I fell asleep the whole way. Thank goodness Alejandro wasn’t tired. As soon as we got there, it didn’t take us long to get our room and leave our stuff in there. I took the chance also to shower and picked the most comfortable clothes to wear.

Since we didn’t have a proper meal, we decided to go to Mc Donald’s. OH HOW YUMMY IT WAS! That’s what we get every time we travel! A burger with fries but please do not forget the Mc Flurry with BROWNIE! Oh my! I didn’t feel that bad eating all that stuff, because I had actually done my workout the very same day.

Switzerland LDS Temple

The next day we woke up, cleaned up the room and went to the temple. It was such a wonderful and good experience, again! Right after the visit we headed back to… Mc Donald’s, it was good, again… But we made it home safe, this time it was freaking hot in our car. The air was just not for us in a car without AC, but anyways, what would be a road trip without any challenges?

Even a challenge like that wouldn’t stop me from having a two-day road trip. We have the chance to do it. We work hard so we can afford something like that. And I just can’t stop saying how grateful I am, that we live in Germany, a small country where you are able to go anywhere, when ever you want! That’s always going to be our benefit from living in Europe! That was our June trip.. where to next? Well next month I’ll update you guys.

xo, Carol.

I CAN AND I WILL, END OF STORY!

I can and I will. That’s my motto! We have many dreams and what can we do to satisfy us? Turn those dreams into actions!

Traveling has always been on my bucket list. I find it satisfying, it helps me grow, especially if I want to integrate with other people. At first I used to be very shy. I’m pretty sure that’s a problem almost every woman has… being shy is nothing to be embarrassed of. It’s normal, sometimes we are afraid to leave our comfort zone but I feel like as we talk to more local people and integrate with the culture, our shyness will disappear little by little. If we have a desire to travel and get to know the world, we will have to put our shyness aside. You guys… it’s a wonderful feeling to do that.

As a child my parents would take us to Spain, every year a different place, but still in Spain. Spanish people are so open and loving! Their culture gives you a big smile and a warm feeling in your heart. The food is so unique. Of course each country has their unique food options but I’m a big fan of Spanish tapas! THEY ARE DELICIOUS! I treasure my memories very strong because I know I will be able to pass it along to the new generations.

As time went by I found the love of my life. My husband is my world! He’s a travel lover too! Thank goodness!

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Our first year we did CANADA, TORONTO AND MONTREAL AREA, NEW YORK CITY and TAMPA, FLORIDA. All of that in just one month… I mean that’s a pretty good start! We were broke but somehow we still made it. Every time I look back I like thinking that we challenged ourselves to accomplish one of our biggest goals: to get to know the whole world! Challenging yourself to do something beyond your daily routine helps you grow. You learn to be self-reliant. You get the chance to escape your daily routine. You get to show the world how awesome you are! I think we should be able to challenge ourselves at least once a month. It doesn’t sound a lot but if you have a very busy routine, once a month will do.

Like I said before… you will escape from your daily routine. Escaping sounds so fulfilling. I feel like every time you do something different you get to appreciate more things. Appreciation is one big step of embracing! Embracing yourself, people you love or people you will get to know will open many doors in your life! At least it has for me! This is why my husband and I make it a goal to always embrace the culture we are within. Also I find there are way more activities you can do. Of course being a tourist is nice, I love it! But doing some activities with locals are even better! That’s where you get your experience from!

I’m grateful for that experience, because it really prepares me for our next adventures! Where to go next? That’s actually one of our questions right now. We would love to visit some islands and learn from their cultures. Soon we will be able to, YESSS! We are working hard, saving everything we can and to be honest it is freaking hard, because my hobby is to spend money, at least that’s what my husband tells me, oh how sweet he is! But all the savings are so worth it. No one will serve you your dreams in a big plate. You have to move and turn those dreams into actions.

Why do I travel?

Because I CAN AND I WILL!

xo, Carol