I apologize for not posting in a very long time! Our laptop is completely stuffed and typing great posts is extremely hard on your phone. However I’ll do my best until our lappy is fixed!
It’s already been 1 week since we bought our new van/home! We’ve lovingly named her Esméralda, after the gypsy girl in the Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame, one of my brothers favourite movies 🙂
It is a bit of a gypsy life and so far we are loving it! This week we’ve had freedom from expensive public transport and the freedom you get from having your own vehicle and going precisely where you want to. We’ve been lucky so far to be catching up with family and friends and therefore having a house to hang out in instead of solely relying on Esméralda. So I don’t count those nights as our “first night” in the van. We’ve had help so far! Whether it be a lovely dinner, shower or toilet to use we’ve been living a bit of a luxury van life this week!
We had however been sleeping in the van and omg…she has one of the comfiest beds we’ve slept in while traveling. Which also has a downside because it makes it so hard to get up in the morning. We literally could sleep the day away because the curtains block out all sources of light. We love our stealth camper van!
So today was our first big journey north from Oxford, England up to Edinburgh, Scotland! With 3 stops along the way it took us 8 hours. Too easy for Australian drivers, it was basically the same as driving from Adelaide to Melbourne, if not quicker. Same same, but different. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking. Stunning rolling green hills with so much farmland and once across to Scotland we drove through a few really cute old towns.
Driving in a new country is always daunting at first but it makes it a lot easier as in the UK they drive on the left just like Australia. A few different things we’ve noticed so far is waaaay more round-a-bouts, like think round-a-bouts on steroids, and NO ONE INDICATES. Like even on the motorways where everyone is going 70mph (113kph) they still don’t indicate, even trucks (lorries as they say in the UK, forever translating between English-English and Australian-English).
We cooked our first dinner in Esme via stealth mode. While wild camping is legal (some popular areas do have bye laws though) in Scotland pulling up in the city next to people’s homes and cooking out your van may be frowned upon. We made chicken tikka masala curry with rice and it was delicious. Even though it became a bit hot inside the van having the doors shut we managed just fine. Definitely looking forward to an open air dinner next time though hopefully with a view!!
The reason we raced up to Scotland was to make it in time for the end of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Being Adelaidians how could we not test out Edinburgh’s famous fringe to compare to our own? I have a feeling it’s going to be a walk over. Our first show is Jason Byrne’s Propped Up tomorrow at the Assembly Hall! Can’t wait 🙂
Sam, Kirsten and Esméralda x
A full post about buying Esmerelda, her features and photos will be published at a later date, stay tuned!
Special mentions to all the wonderful family and friends who took us in this week and caught up with us; thank you Bels and Chris, Aunty Sue, Chris and fam, Clare for the roast dinner! Emily and fam, cheers mum Mumma Bunyan for the traditional English lunch spread! Alex and Holly for all your hospitality and well wishes on our new adventure! Xxxx