A man and his VAN!

Phil just spent some time with our van on its own. He had almost 2 weeks to work on more of the furniture and the essentials we’ll need for getting out on the road.

Phil finished the back doors.

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Almost “Goodbye” to Our Space Shuttle!!

With our insulation, we made our van look like a silver space shuttle, but each day we get closer to a comfortable tiny house on wheels. We have less then two weeks in the US and hopefully we can present you some photos of the first furniture before we leave. But check out our second crazy week with highlights, like cutting holes in the car!  

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We finally bought a Van! Wir haben endlich einen Sprinter gekauft!

Happy New Year 2018! Our new year started happy.. and expensive!

On January 3rd, we finally bought our new home – a blue Mercedes Sprinter 2500. That was the day before the big snowstorm hit the east coast and many other parts of the US. Kristin already had a snowstorm after Christmas three years ago and that time she thought to herself, ‘wow, I’ve never seen so much snow before’. But this time it was much more and the temperature was so much colder. Great time to start a van conversion 🙂

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Ljubljana

Ljubljana! Slovenia’s capital city! And what a city it is! After spending a lot of time in small towns throughout southwestern Slovenia, we decided to head to Ljubljana to see some of the architecture, and get a sense for what city-life is Slovenia.  To our surprise, we both immediately fell in love with this charming little city.

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Bouldering in Osp

Osp is one of the three best climbing areas in Slovenia! Before we left Hamburg for our trip, Phil bought boulder shoes and we wanted to go boulder outside, so when we read that Osp is a great climbing area we thought we might have some luck.  Sadly, in Osp there are only three small designated bouldering areas (in comparison to three massive climbing areas with a combined 600 routes!).  We found the “A” area and did some climbing and traverses, then had the PB+J lunch we packed for ourselves.  We didn’t stay all that long, however, because the landing was full of spiky plants that made it a bit unpleasant to sit on. Read More

Salt & Sinking Ships 


We started our day with bacon, eggs, and hiking. From our campsite a small trail led us to the salt pans of Sečovlje. We hiked through the hills of the peninsula and passed by a few local olive farmers who happily gave us directions when we lost the path. Surprisingly, compared to Germany all of the Slovenians we’ve met have been very outgoing, and spoken a lot of English.  All the olive farmers were burning their branches, something we’ve actually heard about from our first day here, but we still can’t figure out why they do it.  Read More

Izola, Pirán & Portorož

So after the mixup with Phil’s passport, we decided to make the most out of our trip and stay in Slovenia which is definitely not a place either of us had ever thought to take a vacation.  But! It turns out Slovenia is a fantastic country in which to travel and try out our van life idea. Read More

What do we, Croatia & Phil’s passport all have in common?

Here we are! Sitting in a small cafe in Izola. For all of you, who don’t know where Izola is – it’s in Slovenia. What do we, Croatia and Phil’s passport all have in common? We’re all not in the same place! Yes we are not in Croatia where we wanted to be because Phil, in switching his bags, forgot his passport. Luckily we can still travel in the EU without it.

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