Another day, another dollar 💵 💸💰

Hey you,

This weekend we stayed at Sandbanks at Prince Edward Island County. It’s 2 hours drive from Toronto.

My favourite part of this Provincial Park is the tall dunes close to the lakeshore.

It’s fun to run down the dunes and swim away! 🏊🏼‍♀️⬅️🏃🏽‍♀️⬅️🏝

Luckily, the first time I visited Sandbanks was back in August 2016 and we had a great time hiking and swimming!

Unfortunately, the water was too cold this time because we came over too early in the year and we didn’t have a chance to get into the lake.

The dune trails are currently flooded and closed due to Lake Ontario’s high water level. 🌊🏖😵

We left late on Friday because I was working until 6pm. So we hit the road at 7:40pm and we made it to the campground at 9:45 (15 minutes before it closes again!)

We slept under the trees by the sound of the breaking waves of the lake nearby! We woke up with the sun and the birds singing.

Temperature was 8 Celsius at night and 18 during the day. We used a record number of 7 bags of firewood 🔥 for the entire weekend.

My coworkers asked me how much this costs per night, so here it goes:

The campground ⛺️ reservation and the firewood is $75 per night.

Plus one time expense of $400 bucks for all camping gear:

  • 3 pl. Camping tent (to fit bags inside beside the bed)
  • Air bed queen size
  • 2 sleeping bags
  • Cooler
  • Beach chairs and umbrella
  • Stove and gas

Extra costs:

  • Food
  • Fire starters
  • Park store (extra expenses including ice and/or lighter if you run out)

And obviously, a locker for gear storage: 😘

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There’s still room for improvements 

Life is a moment. 🐚🦋🐌🌎

Our weekend at Rock Point Provincial Park was amazing!

On the way there we were greeted by 3 or 4 deers close to the roads! They were on the corner right before the park entrance. One of them jumped right in front of our car 🚗 thankfully I was able to break it on time! 🦌🦌🦌☠️ jk

We left late and we were afraid we might not arrive on time again. It turns out we arrived 15 minutes before it closed. So we were able to buy the firewood for the night 😀 This is something we should know better by now! We will improve it next weekend.

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I’m so glad that we brought way less things than last weekend, because now it’s just the 2 of us for a couple of nights. 😀

They also changed our site before hand because the #21 that I booked was too wet this weekend. We ended up with #7, also at the Lookout Campground. The site is very spacious, with 2 picnic tables and a beautiful huge tree that protects the tent. Water tap and washrooms nearby.

We built the tent right in the centre of the campsite ⛺️ and we started the campfire 🔥 right away. I was putting more firewood with my left hand too close to the flames and this happened: (I didn’t get burn, it’s just dirty.)

On Saturday morning we had breakfast with a campfire again 🙂 and this is Eduardo drying out his socks!

In the afternoon we enjoyed a nice warm 18 degrees blue sky sunny day at Lake Erie’s beach ⛱🌊 the name sadu
  we had a huge ice cream of Canadian Maple and Moses Tracks 🍦 😬 our favorite!

Sunday was a beautiful sunny morning with lots of birds singing. I built another campfire to finish the rest of the wood while I was packing up the car and we left around 11am.

I didn’t take as many pictures of this trip because I didn’t charge ANY of the batteries at home. 🏡 😑

On the drive back we saw the 3 deers again. They said bye without  crossing the road in front of us this time 😀

To do list for future trips:

  1. CHARGE ALL CAMERAS! 🎥 📷
  2. Organize camping/cooking stuff and label if possible for easy access.
  3. Pack the car the day before.
  4. Leave on time, to guarantee firewood for the night.
  5. Make sure campsite is not wet.
  6. Get a tool to put firewood in the pit.
  7. Get sticks and marshmallows 🤐

What’s a True Brazilian-Canadian?

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Bueno… 🇧🇷 + 🇨🇦:

First, a bit of truth for both and for all: H2O! Stay hydrated, specially when the caffeine kicks in! Daily water consumption:
50kg:

  • Active: 2267ml
  • Regular: 2015ml
  • Sedentary: 1679ml

70kg:

  • Active: 3174ml
  • Regular: 2821ml
  • Sedentary: 2351ml

“Water” was the first word I’ve learned to talk! Of course, I was a baby and I would say “ah-gah” (from the Portuguese word “água”). J’aime l’eau!!! 💧💦

I drink it all day as long I have a water bottle beside me. Whenever I eat a small piece of something sweet 🍫🍩🍪 I have to take plenty of water to flush it out of my system. That’s why I’m not a big chocolate fan. It’s a good thing because I will never be a sugar addict and I don’t have to worry too much about weight gain either.

I love those detox water recipes. They are so tasty and easy to make! My favourite is with cucumber, ginger and oranges (or replace it with lime/lemon).🍋🍊🥒  That will help to keep your skin smooth too! I never had problems with dry skin until I moved to Canada. Here makes sense to use body cream because the air in São Paulo, Brazil is always so humid that I rarely had to put moisturizer on.

 

Second, stay active! I’m very active at work. My goal is to walk at least 10,000 steps/day. I also bike 5km/day as my work commute all year round. I’ve been biking under freezing rain and snow during every winter time for the past 5 years. 🚴🏻‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️

I can say I’m a True Brazilian-Canadian because most Torontonians also don’t mind biking around the city in the winter snow and summer rain.

I know that’s not considered an ideal situation to bike, but I still do it because it’s FASTER! I don’t want to wake up earlier to put a heavy jacket on to wait for the streetcar/bus for 10 minutes standing still outside. I prefer to be in control of my time and get to work in 10 minutes by bike.

My secret: know how to dress up for the cold, layer up and you are good to go!

I almost fell once due to black ice on the roads and it was a fun adventure to get home. I only say it was “fun” because I didn’t hurt myself badly that day. The bike flew right under me, I landed on my left knee but I just ended up with a bruise.

(More pics of the cherry blossoms🌸 here)

The third reason why I’m a True Brazilian-Canadian is because I’m going camping all summer for 15 weekends in a row! ⛺️⛱⛰That’s such a traditional Canadian vacation and I’ve only camped a couple of times in the last 7 years living here. I’m going to the best national and provincial parks in Ontario. I’m taking advantage of the Free 2017 Discovery Pass, get yours now!

My first time camping in Canada was in 2015. It was close to Tobermory, ON and it was an amazing experience! I just felt bad for the ridiculous number of spiders we killed when we took our tent down. I also woke up and saw a huge skinny legged spider inside the tent, on the ceiling, right on top of our heads!

I’m this desperate to enjoy the outdoors because I know a long winter is coming. ❄️ Don’t take me wrong, I enjoy the beauty of each season. 🍁 My favourite is spring 🌸 because it brings me hope of better days☀️ plus it’s my birthday, so the year really starts in May for me 😀🍾🎉

Therefore, I want to start the year in contact with nature! My tent 🏕🏖🛶 is my natural habitat and my second home for the summer! This will be a big adventure for me and my friend! I will keep you posted!

My friend is from Santos, Brazil (beach town) so he went camping every year with the Scouts and he also camped with the Cadets when he moved to Canada. To be honest, I just camped a couple of times in Brazil. The best time was at my High School graduation trip to Paraty, Brazil in July 2009. Before that I only camped a few times near my house by the woods. The problem is nowadays I wouldn’t go camping in Brazil anymore. I got spoiled during these past 7 years 🇨🇦 Thanks Canada for all this beauty, security, and opportunities!!! ♥️

Mother’s day is coming up in a week and I’ve got some great news!! I’m sponsoring my lovely mom to move here 🇨🇦! Our plan is to have fun cooking a bit of our most famous Brazilian 🇧🇷 dishes in Toronto. She can’t wait to spoil her future grandkids in the next 5 years! My two brothers are coming in the next 2 years and I so happy 😊 to finally be able to bring my family close to me!! 💜💙💚💛💖

It was so hard for me to immigrate that I can’t imagine how much harder it is nowadays. My younger brother might just come to visit because he is in Law school in Brazil. My older brother is just waiting for his fiancée to graduate 👩🏼‍🎓 university next year or so. ❤️

I’m sure they will easily adapt and become True Brazilian-Canadians as well. Unfortunately, the only time I’m not a True Brazilian-Canadian is when it comes to sports and dance. I personally don’t enjoy much of these activities, so I’m not a real Canadian nor a true Brazilian in this case. I’m also cutting down my meat, coffee, beer and sugar consumption, which are also Canadian’s and Brazilian’s top faves!

It’s all good man! – Btw, it sounds like:

“It’s Saul Goodman” – from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul

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