2 weeks on the road

How to describe our two weeks on the road?
Frankly, it has been challenging and amazing at the same time. However, let’s go back in time.

Final goodbye to our old apartment

Final goodbye to our old apartment

It took 2 weeks to pack everything up. We donated or gave away free most of our clothes and other stuff.

As you can understand from the title, our NEW life started two weeks ago, 09.05.19. Firstly, we aimed April, but we soon realized that the van update takes considerably longer time than initially expected. I will write a separate blog post about all the updates that we did on VIVI.

Let me be honest with you. Even for us, it has been a challenging start. It took almost 1,5 months to finish the van while we lived in three different places because we sold our apartment. First weeks of the renewal we had snow, and it was so freaking cold, which meant that we could do only indoor jobs. Unfortunately, I got quite ill, so Karl had to do a lot of things by himself, and on top of that, I got food poisoning and had to go to the hospital. We had to keep postponing the start of the trip. It was mentally and physically very challenging. Our dream to start the trip fresh and relaxed was long gone.

Renewing the van

Renewing the van

Berit's grandparents home in Püssi, Estonia
Karl made a hole into the roof

Karl made a hole into the roof

To install the new ventilation

On the 9th of May morning, we discovered another issue. The bicycle rack that we especially bought for our van did not work as it was supposed to. We had two options to start the trip or postpone it again, however, this time we said let’s go. We drove to Lithuania, which is about five and a half hour ride. The weather there was nice and warm. We decided to stay in official campgrounds at the beginning until we feel ready to wild camp. First night felt great finally we were back on the road.

Our first night away from Estonia

Our first night away from Estonia

Camping & Eco farm in Pajiesmeniai Lithuania

The weather turned bad for the rest of the week, so we kept driving. After all the driving we felt tired, and the dogs hadn’t had a proper rest. We decided to go to our favorite camp in the Czech Republic and stayed there for three nights. It was mostly raining, but it gave us an opportunity to test out our new fancy tent. It’s very comfortable because it’s connected to our van and this way we have much more space and a living room. Initially, we chose between an awning, and a tent but now I’m super happy with our choice. We’ll talk about it more and show how to use it.

Testing our tent with rain

Testing our tent with rain

Camp Paradijs, Czech Republic
We watched Eurovision

We watched Eurovision

And had a romantic dinner

On our stay, we even managed to visit a castle (I’m a huge fan of castles). Altogether, we enjoyed South-Bohemia and Camp Paradijs also lucky that we have our winter clothes with us.

We went sightseeing near our camping place

We went sightseeing near our camping place

Hluboká Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic