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Category Archives: Travels & Trade Shows

It’s Raining It’s Pouring.

Here’s hoping everyone had a wonderful holiday season! For my family here in Jerusalem, Chanukah was celebrated in a city glowing with candles. Menorahs were kindled everywhere. Inside and outside, through windows and in courtyards, the nights were alight. And as the eighth-day of light came to a close, and as the last candle burned out, that’s when “they” came. ... Read More »

To Market, To Market

You won’t find many strollers in the open markets on busy days. The throngs of people keep the majority away. The indignant looks tossed toward buggy lugging mothers (the nerve, taking up precious extra space) leave only the strong of heart or the petite of stroller. We jump in. The Micralite, soundly maneuvered by yours truly, braves the throngs and ... Read More »

Tight Spaces

When I’m walking and in a rush, I jay-walk. I cross on red, cut through private property, and take the stairs. Nothing personal, but I’ll run over your miniature poodle if he’s in my path. Now here’s the challenge. In Jerusalem, and particularly in my neighborhood, parking is a major issue. There’s simply no space. Lack of space however, does ... Read More »

The Little Stroller that Could

We are living in one of the first neighborhoods in Jerusalem built outside of the Old City walls. The streets are a labyrinth of stone and stairs. Narrow lanes force pedestrians to hug the walls as cars pass. Jagged walkways lead from one to the other in surprising turns and steps. The Micralite is handling like a local. The back ... Read More »

The Tipping Point

So, the Micralite at the airport. A great feature? The stroller is free standing when folded. This is a huge plus when you’d prefer not to lay the stroller down on a filthy floor or sidewalk. Security was a breeze. The Micralite folds clean, almost to the dimensions of an umbrella stroller. To fold, you simply push down a lever ... Read More »

At First Sight

Do you remember how it was at the beginning? You were struck by their looks, or perhaps their charm. You thought to yourself, Now here’s something interesting. And then, face to face, the charm and beauty feel quirky. And you’re left uncertain. Perhaps you fell too quickly? (It’s happened before.) Or perhaps you’re just nervous at the prospect of something ... Read More »

Masha Meets Micralite

As you may have already noticed, we’re welcoming a new contributor to Spillingthebeans. Masha has been a Magic Beans customer for a while, and in advance of her upcoming trip, she came to us for advice on which stroller to bring. She had such a way with words, we asked if she’d be interested in doing an extended testdrive with ... Read More »

Xplory in depth

The most fascinating part of our whole journey was our excursion to the manufacturing facility that produces the Xplory stroller for Stokke. The first item on our agenda was a presentation that summarized the product development cycle for the Xplory. The stroller launched in 2003, but the project was initiated way back in 1998, when Stokke made the decision to ... Read More »

Heading Home

I’m about to go pack my bags; tomorrow I leave Oslo and go home. I’m looking forward to getting back to real life, my family, my kids. But this has been a tremendous experience. Today, we toured Oslo, visiting the Viking Museum, the magnificent Gustav Vigeland sculpture park, and having lunch with Peter Opsevik, designer of the Tripp Trapp chair. ... Read More »

Last tidbits from Kind+Jugend

We’re almost done with this whole topic. I have a couple of other newsflashes, none that really needed a dedicated post. Bugaboo is introducing an all-weather wheel package that will offer replacement tires for the front swiveling wheels. These small, pneumatic tires will not swivel, but they will offer much better performance in the snow. They pop on and off ... Read More »