shower ready to be used

VanLife: Trying a Solar Camp Shower

Did i tell you about that time we used our portable shower?

portable shower

portable shower

It has been one of the best things i have experienced with the VanLife. I have tried outdoor showers before but this thing was something else.

We were away from the city, in the middle of nowhere. We found a place made for us. flat  ground, not loose sand, big area, with few trees around, lots of bush, good view but still got a lot of privacy and an open space. Perfect place to have a campfire.

So yes, we had a good setup. Chairs, table, fire burning getting our tea ready. Then, we decided to try out the new portable shower.

great spot we got

great spot we got

The portable shower is a simple bag that you fill with water and has a shower head with a handle so you can open and clse the water tab. It holds 20 liters and it is suppose to get warm with the sun.

We bought it in Kmart just to try it out because it was cheap, and I mean like $10AUD something like that. Easy to carry around and we thought that even if it is not used as a shower, we could always use it for something else like washing dishes, etc.

new portable shower

new portable shower

Mark hanged the bag from the top of the van, it was lying on the side of the van, against a window. Then, on the ground, we placed a mat…ok,it really is a piece of synthetic grass, which not only looks great but works nicely.

It was cold outside and the sun was setting, but we had a great spot and awesome setting. The water was boiling in the fire, then we put some of it in the portable shower. So yeah, we had a hot and relaxing shower.

Fire ready

Fire ready

It was pretty cool. I was the brave one who decided to try the shower first. And it was one of those showers you don’t want it to end. Where I was, I could feel the warmth of the fire, had the sunset as view, and was standing on the (synthetic) grass so didn’t have to worry about having sand on my feet. Just a shower but it was such a great experience #BestShowerEver

shower bag

shower bag

 

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VanLife: A road trip has been cancelled

Get the tissues out, I’m devastated now that we had to cancel our road trip. Ok, not really. Here is what happened.

Now that we have a mobile home, we were thinking about doing an #awesome road trip, it will be silly not to. It was all planned to happen this month. Well, things happen and life changes. It turns out that we are not longer going to have our trip 😦 I know, devastating.

The reason is because Mark just got a new job, one where he doesn’t need to carry or store many tools. Very suitable for our new lifestyle.

Good thing is, he has a new job, which he seems to be enjoying very much; not so good is that we cancelled our road trip. But even better is that while Mark cannot take some time off work, I decided to book an unexpected holiday for myself… I’m traveling overseas instead.

our home

our home

What is even better, is to know that it doesn’t matter how long we continue with the VanLife or if we decide to stop it all and move into a mansion. We will still have the van and will be able to do that awesome road trip we want another time. Hopefully next year, we get to explore the north of Western Australia and get to show you what we get up to.

Meanwhile, VanLife continues. I believe it is very different to live the VanLife in a city (like us) were we get to travel only on the weekends/long-weekends, having a full-time job than traveling around without much of a schedule, however, I believe what both ways of living have in common is the break of routine, the goal of living a much simpler life,  and being connected to nature more.

After all, we are still having fun 😊🚐

margaritas

Best and Easiest Margaritas Ever!

This month I’m feeling super patriotic with the Mexican independence day around the corner, so I would like to share with you two of my favorite margarita recipes, putting a tropical twist to one of them.

Feeling peckish? slice some pineapple, put in a bowl, sprinkle some chill powder, lime juice and a pinch of salt. Let it sit in the fridge while you prepare the drinks. Believe me, they are a great match!

Want to see the video recipe? check-out the vloghttps://youtu.be/LEr4v4UyZT0

margaritas

margaritas

Classic Margarita

What you’ll need
100ml Tequila blanco (clear tequila)
150ml Jose Cuervo margarita mix
Ice
lime wedges to garnish

*The recipe is based on two parts tequila, three parts margarita mix

You can mix everything using a blender or just pour the mix in a glass with ice. Enjoy!

coconut

coconut

Coconut Margarita Recipe

What you’ll need
3oz tequila blanco (clear tequila)
1 1/2oz triple sec
5oz coconut water
a coconut or glass (to serve the drink)
3oz coconut milk (light)
ice

How to do it
1. In a shaker, combine the coconut milk and water, tequila blanco, and triple sec.
2. Shake well.
3. Pour into glasses with ice.
4. Serve with a lime wedge.

#delish

 

guacamole

Make a kick ass Guacamole in 1,2,3

All avocado lovers raise your hand… because with the Mexican Independence Day around the corner, I decided to brought you my recipe for you to make the best and tastiest guacamole…ever!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 avocados
  • The juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 1 spoon full of fresh and chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper

Process

Mixed all ingredients until well combined, add salt and pepper as you like and serve with corn chips. Enjoy!

 

preparing guacamole

preparing guacamole

The VanLife Continues

The mobile life continues and we are feeling more comfortable each day, specially when we can see the end of winter.

We took a break from the cold and wet days in Perth and headed to Singapore for a week. The last few days before we left had clear and sunny skies. I didn’t realized how much I have missed that warmth feeling.

As we are getting to the end of winter in Australia, I start getting excited for the new seasons to come ahead with the VanLife.

It has been amazing just opening the van door and have a beautiful view, the brightness of the sun and being surronded by docens of birds.

We have been parking in parks along the coast, so the sound of the waves has been a massive plus. We get to have a beautiful view in the morning and after work; those morning walks are on the beach, and when driving to work is always a scenic route. We can definitely see the end of winter but I might be speaking too soon.

This few months living in the van have gone smoothly. We have been approached by cops only twice, but that wasn’t an issue at all! All the opposite, it has gave us a sense of calmness and safe feeling after chatting to them. Its is good to let them know where we are and that we are not doing any troubles 😉

When the nights are dark and quiet, Mark has decided to grab his skateboard and go for a ride. He goes for hours and rides the empty streets of Perth while everyones sleeps.

A few kilometres later, when his legs start aching he comes back home, we have a chat, watch the sun rise and head to breakfast.

VanLife its amazing these days! It is all happiness and liberating. We are now thinking of putting our hard hat on and start fixing and adding some stuff to the van. Hopefully soon i will get to tell you about the latets additions.

Chat soon