I know it's terrible but we are abandon Styrbjörn for a little while (or at least not living in him). A couple of friends have a house here in Spain and when they are back home in Sweden they are letting us stay here, so nice of them and we are really grateful! Styrbjörn is now parked outside the house and I think he's happy to have a little rest after all the crazy roads we have been driving the past months.

We'll see how long we stay, but it's good to have a place that we can come back to when we explore this side of Spain, Costa Blanca have treated us well this far and there's a lot that we want to see and do around here :)

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And finally we made it to Spain, only a few weeks delayed, as usual... ;)

We were actually supposed to meet up with some friends here in Spain in December, but I guess something came up so we didn't made it. Maybe it was because of Styrbjörn, when he broke we had to go back to Sweden and everything were a bit delayed. After that we were supposed to celebrate the new year in Spain but we got stuck in Italy, in the beautiful Santa Margeritha Ligure. But now we are finally here! Today we are heading to Altea/Benidorm to meet up with those friends.


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only life we know vanlife wanderlust home is where you park it on the run spain

It's great to be back in the warmth again, to wake up with the sun shining on us, to be able to walk around in a t-shirt and with the ocean next to the van. We had to clean up in the car after everything falling down on the floor in the mountains, it easily gets a bit messy in there after a few days of driving.

only life we know vanlife wanderlust home is where you park it on the run spain

And then a quick visit to the beach for a swim in the sea.

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only life we know vanlife wanderlust home is where you park it on the run spain

The only life we know ;)

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only life we know vanlife wanderlust home is where you park it on the run andorra pyrenees mountains dangerous roads
only life we know vanlife wanderlust home is where you park it on the run andorra pyrenees mountains dangerous roads

We have now been to Andorra, and we have noticed that the French/Spanish mountain roads isn't as bad (or fun) as the Italian. Even though we were were high up in the mountains the roads were great and no match for us ;)

only life we know vanlife wanderlust home is where you park it on the run andorra pyrenees mountains dangerous roads

In Andorra everything is very cheap, the cloths were like 50% off and we took our bikes for a quick look in the shops. The real reason for our visit to Andorra was to fule up our car, maybe not worth it if you look at the prices for diesel in Spain, but still a nice stop on the trip. We stayed for just a few hours and on the border between Andorra and Spain we were stoped again. The police wanted to look inside our van and when we opened the slide door it was a mess. Everything had fallen down, the floor were covered with all of our things, the drawers had fallen out... we asked the police man if he wanted to go inside to take a look, but he said no ;) I wonder why...

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only life we know vanlife wanderlust home is where you park it on the run
only life we know vanlife wanderlust home is where you park it on the run

Today we celebrate that we've been away for two months. We left Sweden the first time on November 6th.

Two people living so close to each other isn't always easy and we have got to see both sides of each other ;) We have been a bit tired of each other sometimes, two very different people who have to get along. One eccentric artist and one grumpy bitch living in a van ❤ but the whole thing have just made us closer.

And over all it have been great, this is the best thing we could ever have done!

And then there is Styrbjörn (the van), the third "little" person on our trip. It's easy to forget him but he is the one who made this whole thing possible. Even though he's a bit wounded and he had his ups and downs (like when he decided to have a broken steering in Germany and made us go back to Sweden) he have been taking us over mountains and even through some of the most dangerous roads (like the 18 degree Wurzenpass) and through small passages in impossible roads. He is the best van we could ever imagine :)

We have seen so much interesting places together that wouldn't be possible to experience any other way. For example living in the haunted Gespensterwald forrest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, visiting the abandoned löwen-adler-kaserne, experience the Čachtice castle where the blood Countess Elisabeth Bathory lived, all of the crazy and beautiful roads (like this, this and this) we have been driving, the beautiful Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno in Genoa and the two really cool villages in Italy - Triora the witch town and Bussana Vecchia with all of the hippie artists. That is just a few of the cool places we have been to this far, and it will be more!

only life we know vanlife wanderlust home is where you park it on the run
only life we know vanlife wanderlust home is where you park it on the run
only life we know vanlife wanderlust home is where you park it on the run
only life we know vanlife wanderlust home is where you park it on the run
only life we know vanlife wanderlust home is where you park it on the run
only life we know vanlife wanderlust home is where you park it on the run
only life we know vanlife wanderlust home is where you park it on the run

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We have been driving a lot today, heading to Andorra. We reached the beginning of the Pyrenees mountains and had to fill up our tank with diesel before moving on. And this is were things got bad. We tried to use our originally master card, which we always use, but it said "declined" so we used the other card which worked fine. When we checked the internet bank it had been charged anyway, even though we got a recipe that said that 0 euros had been taken from it. What to do? We tried to contact the gas station but with no success. So we didn't have any other choice than to stay there for the night. And I can tell you that it's really cold in the mountains!

So this morning we drove to the gas station. Of course the woman in the desk didn't spoke any English at all. She tried to explain something to us but we didn't understood a thing... not until a man came and translated it for us. Apparently the money will get back to our account within two days. So hopefully we'll get it back on Monday. Sounds really strange that something like this can happen.

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Two weirdos after too much time spent in the car...

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only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it france riviera saint tropez
only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it france riviera saint tropez

Yesterday we woke up in St Tropez on Pampelone beach. It was the most windy night this far, I (Emilia) almost thought that styrbjörn would fly away. We parked next to another camper, nice with neighbors we thought, but we never actually saw the people living in the camper :/

only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it france riviera saint tropez

We realized that we had been sleeping next to this sign. Yes, we are such rebels ;)

only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it france riviera saint tropez
only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it france riviera saint tropez
only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it france riviera saint tropez
only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it france riviera saint tropez

In St Tropez it was surprisingly calm, guess it's more people here in the summertime. But the big yatches were in the harbor and the people were working with the to make them look good for the summer to come.

Styrbjörn liked it and he really fits in to this environment, don't you think?! ;)

only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it france riviera saint tropez

We accidentally run in to a flea market on the way, so much interesting and good stuff! And Niklas were happy!! :) unfortunately we couldn't buy everything that we wanted, it doesn't fit in our small home right now.

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The time came for us to leave Italy, we really liked this country with it's beautiful riviera, the beautiful roads next to lake Garda and Verona with the best pizza so far. We even stayed longer than we had planned, we were just supposed to drive through the country with a few stops on the way, but the lovely Santa Margherita Ligure made us stay :)

only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it italy ligura france border
only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it italy ligura france border

When we drove pass the border from Italy to France we were stopped by the police for the first time (except in Sweden). We were not surprised since Styrbjörn does look a bit strange when you don't know that he really is a camper van, and it feels good to know that France take it seriously on the border since the state of emergency that is in the country. But we were clear and could move on!

only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it italy ligura france border
only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it italy ligura france border

For the night we stopped in the small town Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, an old fisherman village in the French Riviera. We can totally recommend this place, in this season it was very calm and not so many people in the streets but in the summer it is probably very much alive. And they also have day trips with whale- and dolphins sightseeing tours, a lot of water activities and nice seafood restaurants along the harbor. Pretty much all you need ;)

only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it italy ligura france border
only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it italy ligura france border
only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it italy ligura france border

The day after we headed to Nice, took our bikes and cycled along the sea. Of course we thought about what happened a few month ago with the terrorist attack that killed a lot of people, the military was walking the boardwalk and keeping an eye at everybody and it was kind of a strange feeling being there.

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Bussana Vecchia is a former abandoned village in the Italian mountains. In 1887 an earthquake destroyed most of the town and the inhabitants had to move. A lot of people were buried under the ruins and the ones who made it out alive started a new life in what is called "new" bussana, next to the old village.

Bussana Vecchia was abandoned for years until the beginning of 1960s when the Sicilian painter Vanni Giuffrè, together with a group of other artists, decided to move to Bussana. They were so called squatters who illegally took the town to make it their home. Without any electricity of facilities they were living a simple life, creating art. Since then it has grown and a lot of, mostly artist, have moved to Bussana Vecchia from all over Europe and it has now become the town of art.

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only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it italy ligura bussana vecchia artist town art hippie eathquake abandoned urban exploration
only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it italy ligura bussana vecchia artist town art hippie eathquake abandoned urban exploration

When we arrived to the town we were welcomed by the persons who now live in the old ruins, we immediately got a glass of wine and were offered a snack. They have built some kind of society called "la Barca" with something that looks like a mix of a bar and a living room.

The rest of the town is partly abandoned with old ruins and also a lot at shops with local artist who sells their work to the tourists. There are also some small cafes and restaurant where you can buy home made food.

only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it italy ligura bussana vecchia artist town art hippie eathquake abandoned urban exploration
only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it italy ligura bussana vecchia artist town art hippie eathquake abandoned urban exploration

We had a chat with two of the men living here who told us about the place. In the Mussolini era his soldiers stayed at this place and apparently they made more damage than the earthquake to the village. Despite that, the artist have manage to build some homes in the ruins. We were shown around and they have small sleeping rooms around the house in La Barca.

only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it italy ligura bussana vecchia artist town art hippie eathquake abandoned urban exploration
only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it italy ligura bussana vecchia artist town art hippie eathquake abandoned urban exploration
only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it italy ligura bussana vecchia artist town art hippie eathquake abandoned urban exploration

When we asked what they do here the answer was "clean". And after a while we could see why - they have a lot of animals that is walking around, like pigs, chickens, a donkey and a duck, and a lot of cats. The Italian government have always been trying to get the artists away from the town, despite that they a long time ago agreed with them to stay here, so they have to keep it clean after the animals. It's not only the government who wants them to go, even the neighbors in the villages besides Bussana Vecchia is getting tired of them, or maybe jealous? There are a lot of tourists here every year, or as the inhabitants calls them "friends who are visiting in their home". And we sure do feel the friendly atmosphere, everyone is welcome.

If your ever nearby this place, pay a visit to this hippie-artist-town. It's different from every other places we have visited and it's a really interesting place.



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Started the last day of the year with a bath in the ocean. Pretty warm despite that it winter ;)

And after that some chilling at home before getting ready for the evening.

Went out for dinner at a restaurant and when it was time for the new year to come we went down to the beach.

There were some Italians having a party on the beach and we invited ourselves ;) Opening the champagne and cheering with our new friends.

And of course, mr. thinking-off-everything, had sneaked away to buy a New Years present. This is Talbot, our new friend who now lives with us in the van :) he got to taste some of the champagne too of course!

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only life we know vanlife wanderlust verona home is where you park it italy Triora the town of witches häxor witchcraft

Driving through the mountains towards Triora in the dark, not seeing the hight off the cliffs around us. People looking strange at us as we drive though the small villages. As we come closer we can see shops who sells witch attributes and pictures of witches in the streets.

When you arrive to the town you are welcomed by this sign "warning for witches"

Triora was a perfectly normal village until around 1588 when it had a really dark period with bad wether and crop shortages. This wasn't something that the inhabitants could just accept, it had to be someone's fault. This is when the witch hunt started in the village. There were about 30 women who were accused of having a pact with the devil, performing black magic and making all the bad things happened in the town. They were haunted down, trailed and tortured. Many of them were burnt alive and some of them where locked in to die a slow death. Around 20 other women strangely disappeared without anyone knowing what happened to them.

Look closely, can you see the face behind me in the dark? Maybe an old witch who's watching us? (Thank you Nadine for noticing :)

When we arrived to the village late in the evening we went to explore it in the dark. Wandering around for hours and got a bit lost, the streets, or more likely the paths were a bit confusing like it wasn't meant for us to find the way back to our van.

Waking up the next morning was bit of a surprise. We hadn't understood what a great view it was around us. Triora is on the list of the top 100 most beautiful medieval citadels in italy.

Today you can find some small witch shops, sculptures of witches, sign posts and witch houses in the town, and also a museum that tells the old story of witches in Triora.

Maybe there are still witches living here today?! It sure felt like it!

Got a small souvenir - fig and walnut jam. Walnut is one of the witch herbs.

And of course a sticker for Styrbjörn (our van).

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