Right now, I'm over in Europe in a somewhat unique situation where I'm moving apartments every couple weeks. Last week, I had to make my first move - all the way across the city of Biel with several suitcases and boxes.
Friends helped with my kitchen stuff and my bed, but since I ended up moving my clothes the next day, I was on my own for the suitcases.
So, here was my challenge:
I had to get two big suitcases and a couple smaller boxes from one apartment to the other. I didn't have a car or a bus pass (and since my German is spotty, I don't even know how to find the right bus!) I could have walked - but the apartments were at least 20 minutes apart by foot and it's exhausting to drag suitcases so far while carrying other bags. I know, because I've done it before.
So I had a brilliant idea. I'd drag a suitcase with one arm and take my bike with the other. Except when I tried it, that actually turned out to be a BAD idea... resulting in a major spill of my make-up bag on a major road and an old lady yelling in me in French. Whoops!
So, I put my Masters in Creativity to use and came up with this -->
Yup, that is me hauling my suitcase along like a trailer behind my Brompton (fold-up) bike.
And all it took was my bike, a rolling suitcase and the chain and lock I already had.
And my parents wondered if I'd ever use my degree..! ;-)
Just to prove that it actually works, a friend took a video of me biking happily along, enjoying the freedom of not having to haul my suitcase along like normal not-so-creative (or desperate) people:
Just thought I'd share the fun in case any of you are ever in the same situation! :-)