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Good Karma in Croatia

December 16, 2018

Croatia has won our hearts. Honestly the most friendly country we’ve visited so far. Yesterday after the jump-start-wine incident (see post below) we briefly met a general from the Croatian war of Independence who is a legend in his own lifetime around these parts – so much so that after he left people came to talk to us to tell us who he is and took time to explain just how much they admire and respect him. Then we met…

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Wearing winter

December 14, 2018

  Fashion takes on new dimensions living full time in a van without a heater. We all change our clothing to suit the weather – winter wool jumpers or summer shorts, but it makes me realise how much fashion is still really only useful for a very narrow set of temperatures. Probably because nowadays we spend the majority of our days in heated/air-conditioned buildings. When we first moved into the van it was November last year and already cold, but…

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Feeling festive

December 13, 2018

  Parked up at the most amazing beach, but the rain is hammering down and it’s pitch dark outside. Time to get festive! We’ve always left Xmas decorations until quite close to the day. It feels weird seeing them around too early. Mainland Europe appears to have a more sensible approach to the whole thing so we’re not overwhelmed by Xmas tat. Neither of us are even slightly religious – I’d go so far as to say that I’ve felt…

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A sense of achievement

December 11, 2018

  One of the things I love about Vanlife is the sense of achievement that comes from small but significant things as we take greater control of our lives. This week all the chores needed doing at once: we had to sort out a new gas bottle suitable for exchange in the Balkans, fill the water tanks, do all the laundry, find a decent parkup… the list feels endless, but now, when we’re sat by the sea watching the sunset,…

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Top Nine Instapics of 2018

December 11, 2018

  Love my #topnine. A reminder of this crazy-amazing year and the promise of more to come. There’s photos here from the U.K., Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. My most travelled year ever. One to tell the grandson about when he gets older – we’ll fill his head with wild tales from abroad and hopefully take him on a few when he gets bigger. Last year I deleted Insta, Twitter & FB as they were becoming a burden instead…

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Hunting for gas

December 8, 2018

  Lessons learned today: no matter how many gas cylinders & adapters we have, there’s always room for more. Our original Calor gas can only really be replaced/refilled in the U.K. so we invested in Campingaz for Europe. But now discover neither of those are exchangeable in the Balkans. But now we have a beast of a gas cylinder that should keep us going for months and that fits our Calor adapter – so it turned out ok in the…

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What love is

December 5, 2018

  Love this photo. Love this man. One year in the van has had us doing a lot of reflecting on what it takes to keep a relationship working – and sometimes it’s as mercenary as one person not being prepared to let go when the other can’t see a way forward. Over our 14+ years together that’s oscillated between us. We’ve achieved so much, from bringing up our family, to curating events and supporting each other through freelance life;…

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Back together

December 2, 2018

  I’ve loved these past few solo days exploring the Slovenian coastline with this pair. They are such good company – a complete handful at times but we wouldn’t have them any other way. More and more I’m folding into this nomadic way of life and love being free to follow intuition and magic; learning to listen to the land with ears, heart and mind; flowing across landscapes like a river. This life definitely isn’t for everyone, but it’s the…

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Mulled white wine

December 1, 2018

  Cold dark winter nights = warmed drinks. Experimenting with mulled white wine tonight. Basically because I bought a bottle of what I thought was Slovenian prosecco but it’s really sweet. I haven’t added spirits as I don’t want to be sloshed (and I don’t have any!) but so far I’ve added: cardamom pods, allspice berries, a large cinnamon stick, half a lemon, dried rose petals and liquid sugar (you can use honey if not vegan). There is no method…

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