Lisa Lansing

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The Start of Van Life

Greetings from our van! I’ve been living in the van with Kuba for over a week now. It wasn’t that difficult to get used to, apart from struggling with my terrible seasonal allergies in Poland, but now everything is going smoothly.

It didn’t seem that long ago that we first started building the van in Poznań. Well before that, we were living in Sarajevo. From there, we travelled to Zagreb and then to Vienna and Bratislava before entering Poland. We spent a few days in Kraków and fortunately found the exact type of van we wanted, a Volkswagen T4 Transporter with a long wheelbase, in the smaller city of Gliwice. Gliwice isn’t too far from Kraków, so it all worked out perfectly. Luckily, we were able to buy the van in Gliwice without much trouble and then Kuba drove it up to Poznań. We started work on it right away and spent two weeks building it. We even filmed the entire process!

After that, I left the van and Kuba in Poland (sad, I know!) and travelled to the States. I spent a month there, visiting friends and family. All the while, Kuba added some finishing touches to our van, installed the solar panels, and repaired the engine. Now our van is (almost) as good as new.

We’re so proud of our van! Feel free to check it out here:

Once I returned from the States, we spent a little over a week in Poland living out of our van. First, we stayed in Poznań for a few days because I had a dentist appointment there. Then we travelled to Wrocław, one of Kuba’s favourite Polish cities (the other being Kraków).

This was my first time in Wrocław and I have to say, I was impressed from the start!

It had a similar vibe to Kraków. Wrocław is an active city, lots of people cycling and walking around, plenty of parks and green space, and everyone seems to be in a good mood. We were only in Wrocław for two nights, but I know I could definitely spend more time there in the future.

Next, we headed south to Kłodzko, a small town in the Sudety mountains. Ultimately, we planned on making our way to the Czechia (aka the Czech Republic) border, so stopping in Kłodzko seemed like a good choice. We toured Kłodzko’s fortress and its underground tunnels but decided to spend the night elsewhere in a more secluded spot in the mountains.

Then, we ventured further into the mountains and camped next to the guesthouse Leśniczówka Ostoja for a few days. (Thanks to Mike for the recommendation!) We had the best experience there thanks to the guesthouse’s owner, Mirek. He was welcoming, hospitable, and very kind to both of us. We’d be happy to stay longer but we were eager to travel into Czechia.

Our next stop: Hradec Králové, Czechia! 🙂

You can see more of our travels in our daily vlogs on my YouTube channel. Subscribe so you don’t miss any. 😉

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