After a few days in Poland we're heading back to Germany again on our way to surf in Portugal.

We have seen beautiful beaches, cool abandoned houses and a lot of shopping malls ;)

Once we entered the German border a car drove up behind us and were driving really close. We were kidding about that maybe it's the police, a few minuets later the car drove up beside us... it was the police!

We followed them to the next exit and they wanted to see the passports and drivers license. Of course niklas was driving, who lost his drivers license last year in Spain. It took forever before they came back and told us everything was ok and we could breath again.

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Our beloved van Styrbjörn decided to have a little break down in Poland, the front breaks started to sound really bad. So we found a workshop with a Website in Swedish and went there to see if they had time for us. And they did! The next day (yesterday) we got there, handed him over to the mechanics and was driven to a shopping mall nearby to kill some time. It was supposed to be done the same day.

The hours went by, and soon it was afternoon. We had seen all of Sczczecin by now and was just waiting for them to call and say it was done. But with an old car like ours (-96) they hade som struggle. It turned out that they had to finish him the day after since they needed some repair parts to getting the wheels back on again...

So, we ended up on a hotel. Nice with a warm shower but we kind of missed Styrbjörn. He was probably wondering how we could leave him all alone through the whole dark night :(

We are very glad that he decided to break in a country like Poland. New break pads and a new fan belt not even half the price of what the cost would have been in Sweden 😃

Princess chair in a shopping mall

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Some pictures from our last days in mecklenburg-vorpommern, the place where we always end up staying longer than planned. But it's so beautiful ❤️

It's time for us to go a bit further south, to do some urban exploration in a place we got as a recommendation that looks really interesting.

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Vanlife onlylifeweknow mecklenburg khulungsborn Nienhagen Gespensterwald ghost forest ostsee witches Germany free camping

The bridge in Heligendam where we met a fisherman from Wismar who actually could speak some English, most people here in east Germany doesn't, it can be a bit challenging sometimes ;)


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Vanlife onlylifeweknow mecklenburg khulungsborn Nienhagen Gespensterwald ghost forest ostsee witches Germany free camping
Vanlife onlylifeweknow mecklenburg khulungsborn Nienhagen Gespensterwald ghost forest ostsee witches Germany free camping
Vanlife onlylifeweknow mecklenburg khulungsborn Nienhagen Gespensterwald ghost forest ostsee witches Germany free camping
Vanlife onlylifeweknow mecklenburg khulungsborn Nienhagen Gespensterwald ghost forest ostsee witches Germany free camping

Sunset in khulungsborn with the old wachturmen by the seaside.


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Vanlife onlylifeweknow mecklenburg khulungsborn Nienhagen Gespensterwald ghost forest ostsee witches Germany free camping

Last days of Christmas. A traditional meal on an outside bar on the beach walk together with the Germans. Or at least we tried to find out what they were eating by asking a couple "was is das?", at the end we just took something on the menu that we knew what is was: French fries with dip and a beer👌🏻


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Vanlife onlylifeweknow mecklenburg khulungsborn Nienhagen Gespensterwald ghost forest ostsee witches Germany free camping
Vanlife onlylifeweknow mecklenburg khulungsborn Nienhagen Gespensterwald ghost forest ostsee witches Germany free camping

We payed a new visit to Gespensterwald "the ghost wood" in Nienhagen. Just as spooky as last time!


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Vanlife onlylifeweknow mecklenburg khulungsborn Nienhagen Gespensterwald ghost forest ostsee witches Germany free camping
Vanlife onlylifeweknow mecklenburg khulungsborn Nienhagen Gespensterwald ghost forest ostsee witches Germany free camping

Crispy cold and beautiful days


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Vanlife onlylifeweknow mecklenburg khulungsborn Nienhagen Gespensterwald ghost forest ostsee witches Germany free camping

Last night we took a walk by the ocean, foggy and dark and we were the only there. So nice!

See you soon again mecklenburg!

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We happend to came up on some mysterious and strange place when we were out driving here in mecklenburg-vorpommen. Germany is full of abandoned, spooky places and buildings, but this one seemed extra strange.

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A small road leads out on the island Wustrow in Rerik, east Germany. Iron fences and guards with weapons protecting the area, hidden cameras and warning signs about explosives. Not sure what they are protecting we asked around, searched the internet and we don't know what to believe.

Vanlife urban exploration abandoned ddr Germany Hitler soviet wustrow rerik west haunted

It used to be a military area, first for The German army and then taken over by the Russians. The fences has been there since at least the early 1930s. Hitler was here and also Mussolini already in 1937.
Strangly the island was kept isolated even after the Russians left DDR 1992-93 after the Berlin wall fell.

But what happened after they left? Why is it still a prohibited area? There are many theories, some are more interesting than others...

Is this place :
A hidden abandoned town ?
An base like the area 51 in the Us ?
An secret military base ?
Or do the locals know something we dont know yet and they are talking about stranges stories about experiments on humans gone wrong...
And they say, dont go there the place is cursed.

We went there,
And yes, we entered the zone and came by the guards and the electric fences and all mines & explosives.....

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A lot have happened the past weeks. We were in Stockholm to make some updates for Styrbjörn (you can read it here). We will soon show you what we have done with the van.

After that we went back to Jönköping to fix the last things inside but then we got all snowed in because of the snowstorm. We were stuck for a couple of days and the decided to dig out the van.

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After that we drove towards falkenberg but with a stop on the way to pick up a drone that we bought. We were a bit surprised that the gps took us out on smaller and smaller roads, it was snowy and icy and when we were almost there we got stuck, again. But this time in the middle of a slope and Styrbjörn didn't manage to go forward. Behind us there were a trench and the van were about to glide backwards. But then we were saved by two locals and they finally managed to get us up from there.

We spent Christmas in falkenberg, sweden. Not what was planned but sometimes things doesn't turn out the way it was excepted. The night before leaving we packed the last things into the van and then Niklas hurt his finger, it was blood everywhere (sorry for the picture). It just wouldn't stop bleeding and we almost thought we had to go see a doctor before leaving Sweden.

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But it ended up well and on December 28 we finally entered the ferry from Sweden to Rostock, Germany.

New Year was celebrated in warnemunde and the Germans were crazy with their fireworks. It almost felt like we were in a war or something, it was bombs and fireworks everywhere. But when we got a bit used to it it was amazing and beautiful with all the colors on the sky next to the lighthouse.

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Vanlife europe onlylifeweknow germany ostsee riviera snowstorm New year warnemunde
Vanlife europe onlylifeweknow germany ostsee riviera snowstorm New year warnemunde

And now we're in heiligendam on our favorite spot right by the ocean. We always seem to end up here longer than we planned, but we really like this place ❤️

Our second year vanlifing through Europe has begun!

Vanlife europe onlylifeweknow germany ostsee riviera snowstorm New year warnemunde
Vanlife europe onlylifeweknow germany ostsee riviera snowstorm New year warnemunde
Vanlife europe onlylifeweknow germany ostsee riviera snowstorm New year warnemunde
Vanlife europe onlylifeweknow germany ostsee riviera snowstorm New year warnemunde
Vanlife europe onlylifeweknow germany ostsee riviera snowstorm New year warnemunde
Vanlife europe onlylifeweknow germany ostsee riviera snowstorm New year warnemunde
Vanlife europe onlylifeweknow germany ostsee riviera snowstorm New year warnemunde

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A while ago we took Vilda & Tyra with us to do some urban exploration in Sweden. We went to the abandoned amusement park "fun city".

A long time ago this place was filled with happy kids and family's who enjoyed the rides, the water and the slides.

When we visited the park on a rainy Sunday it was grey, everything was broken and sad, maybe even a bit scary sometimes. But still pretty beautiful!

But the coolest thing we found in the end of our visit; The nature have taken over...

We met lizards, salamanders and frogs... and maybe even a turtle?!


See the video
here!

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Yesterday we went to Stockholm to make the upgrade of Styrbjörn, new shocks and air springs at the company Karnag who seems to be the real PRO's about this. We are really exited about this change!

But before we look more at this, maybe you want to here about the way there. It didn't really turn out the way we thought...

After half the way there, the van suddenly started to shake and acting really weird. We thought the wheel was punctured, or maybe we were about to lose a wheel. But we could stop in the middle of the highway, in snowstorm with cars driving really fast so we drove 5 km to the next exit, on the roadside and with the warning lights on. We stoped at a gas station and the wheels looked just fine. We lifted the car up and with some help from our friend Janne (thanks!) and a really nice guy that we met, we concluded that it was probably the shaft.

After getting some food and thinking about whether we should continue 1,5 hour to Stockholm or stop where we were and try to find a garage the next morning, we met the police. They checked out our rolling home and were amazed by the van. They didn't really recommend us driving in the snowstorm on the highway with a damaged shaft, but they also thought that IF we were going to do that, this was the perfect time for it. With the snowstorm everyone would be driving slow and in the middle of the night (around 2-3) there wouldn't be so much traffic. So we started to drive...

It was a nightmare driving all this way, knowing that the car might break down any minute. But we made it! We stoped outside the garage in Stockholm around 4-5 am this morning, we tried to sleep for a few hours and at 8 we met Viktor from Karnag who were going to help us install the new air springs. More of that later!

It a thrilling and exciting life that we live, thanks Styrbjörn for all the adventure that you bring to us.

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One week ago we had a tv team visiting us in our rolling home. Friday the reportage was sent on SVT Sweden. We talked about the dangerous roads that we are always searching for, our death fear when we're on top of a mountain on a donkey trail without fences and we showed some of our solutions to fit everything into our small home.

Here are the links to the videos on SVT's web:

https://www.svt.se/nyheter/lokalt/jonkoping/emilia-och-niklas-bor-och-lever-i-bilen

https://www.svt.se/nyheter/lokalt/jonkoping/har-visar-emilia-runt-inne-i-aventyrsbilen

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One year ago we packed the last things into Styrbjörn, drove to the ferry and started our new life as vanlifers. It's been a year with adventures and we have been to places and meet people that we will remember forever.

Let's start our second year as vanlifers with new places, countries, crazy roads and adventures ❤️

We have this far been to about 15 countries, and more will come.

We have been in abandoned and haunted buildings in Germany, visited the vampire Elisabeth Bathory on the top of a mountain in Slovakia, went to the town in the Italian mountains where the witches lives, we have been to one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe and visited the village that is taken over by the artists.

Our rolling home Styrbjörn have taken us through the most crazy, dangerous and most beautiful roads in Europe. Over high mountains with a 18 degree gradient, through muddy dirt roads where we have almost got stuck, through crazy Italian roads and mountains with the most beautiful views.

We have been snorkeling in the Mediterranean Sea, got skimmed in France, robbed in Spain and Styrbjörn have broken down so bad that we though the trip was over, right when we just got started.

Our life is an adventure ❤️

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In Spain, changing the battery. Right now we are making some updates to avoid these kind of problems ;)

So, what have we been up to?!
The past weeks we have been working with our lovely rolling home. Styrbjörn needed some updates both onside and outside to make our living a bit more comfortable.

I will show some pictures when it's all done but what we are changing is the kitchen, the garage, the sofa, some of the walls and a few smaller details. And also putting in new, better batteries.

This week we are also installing our new heater that just arrived to us from Teplostar who helped us choose the best one for our van, a Planar 44D. This I will come back to, we are so excited to install it and try it :) we will keep you updated!

We are also trying to work something out with a company about new shocks and air springs. We needed some experts to look at this since we love to drive the most crazy roads ;) more of this later when we have figured out something that works for our Styrbjörn!

Strada della forra in Italy, one of those crazy roads we have been driving this far.

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