I was asked by a random old man in Cork if I had won the lotto, truth is living in a van is rhe complete opposite to winning the lotto. You dont need money to do it, you basically cut out any bills you used to have and minimize costs in your life. I sold my car, bought the van, gave it a makeover on a budget complete with all furnishings I had spent years collecting around the world and now all i have to pay for is diesel and food once in a while. Easy!
Its day 2 in the north of Spain and i feel like I've been here ages already. From the moment i drove off that ferry ramp and onto the right side of the road with Maggie and Gimli, i knew i had made the right decision. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the view of the snow capped mountains before me were just incredible. I had no idea what to expect and i had never been to Santander before. I headed for the free motorhome area which i had found on Park4night and before i knew it, that evening i was neighboured by 14 other like minded campers. You could spot Maggie a mile away, the only funky looking green bus in the middle of all white motor homes. After filling up water and emptying my toilet for the first time (easier as less disgusting than i thought) i took the 30 min walk into the city and back. We explored all the streets, the waterfront and then walked around the park opposite where we had parked for the night. It was perfect!
We had a great sleep despite the anxiety of looking at the big bag full of laundry i needed to get done the next day. Its funny, normal errands become much more tricky when you have a big van which needs a specific parking area and a dog in toe. It proved to be difficult the next day finding somewhere, having gotten stuck in a car park and a dead end road, i left Santander for Suances, a town I knew nothing about, except they had a laundromat and i was desperate. I drove through all the small streets with no luck finding a parking spot and with panic approaching i decided to just pull in and chill. Moments later i kept driving only to find a side street with a big space to park and close to the laundromat. I took Gimli and my 15kg of clothes over my shoulder and headed in. It was a struggle to get the clothes in and out with Gimli there but i did it. In the mean time whilst passing time, we found the most amazing viewpoint with ample parking facing out over the coast and beaches, this would be our home tonight. I've learned that when things get tricky, just stop, breath and know that in a few hours you will be in a beautiful moment you didn't know could exist. Excited to see what's around the corner!