Speaking of cops

Wow, in this episode, Hannah got hassled by the cops not once but twice.

It’s funny, when I watch Hannah’s videos, there is this part of me that seems to think “that could have been what you might have been like if you’d grown up in a normal family”. It’s like I see a version of my younger potential self or something.

Her Teddy bear looks a lot like a bear I used to have as a child, I think.

Apart from that, she is so awesomely simply herself – a lot of people don’t manage that – and has a tremendous sense of style in so many areas.

I am secretly a little bit jealous of her clothing sense, LOL.

Clothes and me, well, I largely let go of clothes when I was 24, no still 23, though not for long, quit my job and went to university, for real this time. (Did do a brief stint at university after secondary school, but it didn’t amount to much.) My monthly income was going to go down so much. I bought a stack of cheap jeans, cheap blouses and cheap pullovers, the kind that I had seen in magazines, the kind that apparently all students wore.

LOL! I probably looked like an idiot for years. It never occurred to me back then that even in academia, people still judge you by what you look like, to some degree.

I had this idealistic expectation of academia.

Well, it used to be like that and in many places, it is like that. Just not necessarily where I was at the time.

I also like most of the music she picks.

Does the UK have a problem with van life?

Yes, says George.

In this post, I wrote that I had not heard yet of it happening in the UK. Now I have.

I know of one woman in California who had police knock on her van and warn her that local regulations were changing. In practice, they haven’t been enforcing those new regulations there. (I hope I won’t have to add the word “yet” to that sentence.)



Happy New Year, (from the) UK!

Lots and lots of rain in this KombiLife video, which first made me think it was recorded roughly in early November when I had planned to drive to the north and back and then decided that maybe that wasn’t such a good idea. Lots of flooding going on. (Now again, by the way. Or last week or so in any case.)

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Schoolbus with German accent

Lots of lovely accents, in fact. Such as that “ja, private space” solution”! Wunderbar! Toll!

Genius, that door trick.

And what about that handmade curtain at the front?

The bus cost 6,900 Canadian and they spent the same amount on the build. All in all, it cost about 15,000 Canadian.

That CUBIC mini woodstove also comes from Canada:

We don’t seem to have them in the UK. Correction: CUBIC does sell it on Amazon UK too! (Click on the stove pic.)

If they’ve sold out on our side of the pond, you can of course also get them from Amazon in the US, but you’d pay a lot for shipping plus it might get held up at customs where you’d have to pay to import it into the UK.

Shipping from the US and Canada to the UK does not take long, but I’ve ordered things from the US before, in the past, and also from Ukraine, and they often get stuck in UK customs for weeks.

Oh no! Ginjey Bear’s parked herself in a Dutch tree!

Plus tour of Amsterdam and Camping Zeeburg.

I’m not gonna tell you guys where to buy your chips.

(Although I happen to know a place in Southampton that’s won a few national competitions, the chippie around the corner from where I live is pretty good too. That was the fourth local chippie I’d tried; the first and second were no good, the third had great chips, but their fish was not as good.)

If you want mayo on your chips, Dutch-style, head to Aldi or Lidl and get their brand.

And I already added the ladder lots of videos ago.

Merry Christmas, folks! Light it up like the sun!

Come along on a drive to Cornwall!

With Tom and Brooke. And Thor the dog.

In the UK, highway rest stops are called “services”. You’ll see the signs along the motorways and you can fill up on lots of things there.

They’re a little bit like miniature airport surroundings, without the planes and stuff, where you can also fuel up your vehicle.

This is probably a good introduction for foreigners coming to the UK by car, van or motorhome if they’ve never been to the UK before.

The vdub wave, that’s like making the VW logo with your hand and then wiggling your hand.

If you are interested in purchasing the seat brackets Tom and Brooke are talking about (VW T5 and T6), contact Vankraft

What does the UK’s election result mean for van life?

Surely, Stormzy is not the only one who feels this way. I decided that I’d better let everyone digest the news that we are in for several years of undiluted Tory abuse in the UK before I broke into the topic of what this may mean for van lifers.

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