In the last days a big change has happened in our life. We finally found our new home. It’s a 30 years old Mercedes living car. Her name is “Girasol”. It means sunflower and it is another dream coming true.
Long time we realized that we are born to travel. Following the sun, going wherever the wind blows us, sleeping under the stars next to the ocean and exploring hidden paths was in the last years our daily life. We had an intermezzo with buying a wonderful property in a nature reserve in the mountains of Portugal. But having a property and building a house turned out to be an interesting misunderstanding. Last year we listened to our heart and sold our land.
And again we hit the road. But our family grew. We have three dogs and in March 2017 our son Hugó was born. So after many months of vanlife we had a painful realization: Our magical bus, our beloved home for many years, our always reliable travel companion, our beach on four wheels was too little.
Packing every day for hours the car, cooking, eating and working in the bed, sitting pressed next to each other was no fun anymore. Vanlife was in a crisis and not only, our whole life was in a crisis. We are born to be free, true gypsy souls, never connected home with settling down, and suddenly vanlife sucks.
We thought about other ways of traveling. Going with plane, bus, train and renting places. But then our dogs never can come, it is very complicated to wash Hugó’s diapers, and honestly we were always suspicious about hotel beds. And the main thing, from our feeling, you can never really discover. You cannot sleep next to the ocean, in the forest, you rarely go to little villages on the countryside and you always have a lot of luggage with you.
So we decided to make a winter break, to focus on our projects and figure out, what to do. We rented a few places, one more disappointing than the other. We were sitting in unheated rooms with winter jackets on and we could not imagine to travel like this. But there was simply no car that was fitting.
But then, suddenly in the middle of January, we found Girasol. We could not believe our eyes, there it was, the perfect car. But look by yourself:
“I always forgot that I am in a car, it is like a little house”, Diogo, the former owner told us. And it is true. Girasol is from the inside even bigger than she looks from outside. It has a gas heater, so even in the cold Portuguese winter nights inside is cozy warm.
And we have a real kitchen. More of it you will see in the next episode of our vegan cooking show, Kitchen Session.
You do not see on the picture, but the ladder leads to our cozy family nest, the alcove. Finally we can any time take a nap, without needing to make the bed, and no dog can sneak to our feet in the night.
And it has the best shower on the road, with always hot water, a little piece of heaven in the back of Girasol.
In the next months we will start our van conversion project. We will show you every step. So if you want to see how we create our home on wheels, follow us!
Love and kisses,
Zoé and Joshua