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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Very soon we have been full time vanlifers for a year, living in our homemade Styrbjörn the van. We built the interior on our own before we started our journey around Europe a year ago.

We published a video on facebook where we show the inside of our van.
You can see it here.

Since we now know a bit more about what is working and what's not we have decided to make some changes inside, build a new kitchen for example. We start next week and I will keep the blog updated with the progress.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more updates 💜

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Finally the sun came back ☀️ we are enjoying it as much as we can, living the vanlife!

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We finally found a surfboard and of course we had to try it, without any waves. I must say that we did great ;) pro surfers!

And some posing with the new vintage bathing suit that we found the other day, a bit hard to take off...

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Right now we are trying to figure out where to go next. The air is getting colder here in Sweden and we are going to chase the sun, but where? Greece maybe? Or Portugal? We're not sure yet.

While we are thinking of the future we might as well enjoy the Swedish vanlife. Still not to cold to take a swim in the ocean on our favorite beach ;)

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We had some amazing weeks on Gotland with morning swims in the sea, great food, mystical light phenomenons, lovely nature and some freelancing work. Perfect place for vanlife on this beautiful island.

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We have something that you might call summer one day every week right now, the rest of the time it's cold and rainy and grey.

But this weekend the sun was shining over us, for a while. We went to skrea beach in falkenberg, the best beach* in Sweden! For an hour we became kids again, young souls ;) we jumped from the bridge in to the ocean and played with a ball that we found. So much fun 💙

* https://www.skyscanner.se/nyheter/sverige-har-manga-riktigt-fina-strander-har-ar-vara-10-favoriter

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