Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Slow travel, an ode to El Verde

The Van Life is one that awakes the spirits - away from screens, to do's, to attends, and appearances, to something that feels more like the true reality and profound. El Verde's small space undressed us from excessive possessions, and his modest 80 km per hour top speed, and the 150 kilometres day driving limit we have given ourselves, not only forces us to move slow, but is also slowly shifting our perspectives: the realisation of having more by having less, carefully moving through a real-life slowmotion opening up to every detail of the here and now. 

Of course, sometimes I also feel bad about travelling in a car, using gasoline that does harm to the environment, and in my dreams I already have turned El Verde many times into a hybrid car internally solar supported, but - unfortunately - it is not the time for that, yet. 

And we've got to do what we've got to do, so we cruise along, and I know will repay the damage somehow. The last weeks we have been on some amazing places, parking just in the middle of nowhere or somewhere, getting deeper connected to culture, nature, and a true slow life. 

Because after being on the road again, I remember what it was that I was longing for (and maybe what we are all longing for in life): a simple life, a life outside in nature, a life free in movement, a slow life. Something that comes with having a house on wheels. 

Mae West once said "everything worth doing is worth doing slowly," and I am starting to grasp the meaning of it. And all that thanks to our beautiful Verde.

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