By Green mom:
Today marks 3 weeks since we moved out of apartment and officially became a campervan family. Bella commented how she feels it’s been much longer than 3 weeks and indeed it does feel longer because we have done so much, experienced so much and seen so much. Friends and family are marveling over how adventurous and inspiring we are. I have to admit that life these days is an adventure, good and bad. There so many days I would never want to be anywhere else and love every moment my family gets to travel like this. However, there are also times when life is a wee bit to adventurous for our taste, for example when something breaks, or does not work or when the campsite is not nice… and did I mention the rain!!!
Lets talk about the rain because it’s a whole issue in itself. So we are not campers who expect all sun and fun days on the beach. We have been camping in Iceland and therefore experienced lots of rain and cold weather. But Swedish summers can be a bit unpredictable and this summer is no exception. Since we left 3 weeks ago we have experienced rain almost every day and let me tell you what that does to a family of five cramped in a small camper van. To their benefit, our kids do not mind rain and cold weather at all and one of their favorite activities is puddle jumping and playing with water. But when it rains at night or early morning and it rains hard like we have experienced in the past weeks, it sounds like rocks are being dumped on top of our roof. It’s so incredibly loud and it makes it impossible to sleep.
Our campervan Lucille is a beautiful well-kept campervan but she has been through a few trips; so yes things do break sometimes when you travel as much as we do. It makes life “interesting.” In Malmö our battery dried up which made the whole campervan smell like rotten eggs, ugh! Since most of Sweden takes vacation in July which leaves most businesses closed or working a lot slower. So finding a shop that could fix the battery turned out to be a difficult task; but James succeeded to find one, but they had to keep Lucille over night. Luckily our campsite had cabins to rent so we moved in but this delayed our planned trip to Copenhagen.
So yes, sometimes I wish I could be in a nice home with a comfortable bed, a big kitchen with an oven, a normal bathroom and fast wifi. But all and all we love this adventure, the kids are happy and we would never trade it for the world.
So here is a summery of what we have done in the past 3 weeks:
- Miles traveled: 500
- Nr of Campsites stayed at: 15
- Towns we visited: Huddinge, Nyköping, Vimmerby, Kalmar, öland, Kivik, Ystad, Bornholm, Trelleborg, Malmö
- Band-aids used: 5 (Liam 3 and Noah 3)
- Things broken: Battery, window, skylight, and taillight
- Rainy days: 16 out of 21
- Books read: 1 (and many many kids books)
- TV episodes watched 22