Old Bus VWangogh - DE
NAME/S, AGE/S, BIRTH PLACE/S (home)
I'm Alberto, 21 (yeah, still young haha) and come from Italy, Milan. I'm living since 2015 in Berlin, Germany and studying Marketing and Event Management. Last year I sold my Mini and bought an old VW Bus, my lovely vwangogh.
MAKE, MODEL & YEAR OF VEHICLE, YEAR OF CONVERSION
Well...I got an Orange VW T2 Westfalia from a friend of mine who was selling it for a T2 Pritsche. It's a m.y. 1972, so a T2a/b with an exterior facelift but still with the old Westfalia Interiors and front hanged pop-up top. It's 100% original, just a few things were changed.
DIMENSIONS (Length, Wide, Height, Volume)
L: 4280mm W: 1720mm H: 1940mm.
There is a very slow 1.7 engine (air-cooled) trying to lead us to see the best places in Europe and why not, maybe also in the US.
TOTAL MONTHS LIVING MOBILE
We don't live all the time in the bus, it's too old and doesn't have heating or other comforts, but we travel a lot together, even just for a couple of days.
Now we're both located in Berlin, waiting for a better weather haha.
HOW MANY LIVING IN IT
I usually travel alone or with a friend, but it always depends on the university or the job. Let's say if I get 2-3 days off, I jump in the bus heading to a new destination.
HOW DO YOU SHOWER
This is a very good question haha, it's not always easy to live in a 1972 bus because it lacks some comforts, for example, a shower. Camping, Gas Stations, and Hostels are the way to get a shower. Otherwise, we fill up some water tanks before going camping somewhere.
HOW DO YOU GET THE INTERNET
I got a very good phone contract here in Germany, and I can use the internet all over Europe without paying anything extra but I'm planning to buy a portable WiFi while we're travel.
HOW OTHERS REACTED
I've met a lot of people during my trips, and everyone has been in love with my bus because of the colour. Many of them also shoot a photo with or without me just to remember vwangogh and his sweet appearance.
HOBBIES ON & OFF THE ROAD
My hobbies are travelling around the world (sometimes I can't go with vwangogh), shooting photos with my Instant Camera. Skateboarding is one of my favourite hobbies while I'm on holiday & I used to snowboard as well.
YOUR TOP 3 GO-TO ITEMS IN YOUR TINY HOME
There are 3 things that must ALWAYS be on board:
1. German Beer (Sternburg)
2. Italian Pasta
3. My banana skateboard!
MOST REWARDING THING ABOUT LIVING SMALL
Living small isn't easy at all, especially if your van is not bigger than a normal car. But watching a sunrise in front of the sea through the windows of my bus is the most rewarding thing that makes me think why couldn't I live the rest of my life in it.
MOST CHALLENGING THING
The most challenging things are to grind miles and miles with an old bus as you're never sure if you'll come home with your wheels, but there is the spirit of adventure you can't feel with another kind of buses, especially the new ones.
WHO ARE YOU INSPIRED BY
I wasn't inspired by anyone at the beginning of my project, I just wanted to travel as much as possible with my bus without thinking 'someone else is already doing that, let's see how does it works'; but when I decided to start an IG (Instagram) account I've been inspired by Idle Theory Bus, one of the biggest #vanlife accounts.
ADVICE TO FUTURE HOMEOWNERS WANTING TO LIVE SMALL / HIT THE ROAD
Feel free to jump in a van and start travelling around the world. Travel is the best way to grow up as a person, to see new cultures, new ways of life and new points of view. Don't stay in your shell, go out and see the world as much as you can.
ANY SECRETS / TIPS
If someone decides to put the luggage on the top of the van, please tie them down well while driving on the motorways!!! (it happened to me last year in Sweden haha)
WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU? ANY NEWS YOU WANT TO SHARE
I'm developing a project in the meantime, it's called "vwangogh, Werbung die cool fährt". It's basically the sponsorship of products during my travels on FB (Facebook), IG and other Social Network. My page is going quite well right now and I'm searching for someone who wants to use my idea to sponsor a new brand/product in the social network world. I'll post the whole project on FB and IG soon so that everyone can have a look and maybe take it into consideration. If someone is interested in it, just message me on FB / IG or e-mail.
CLOSING LINE (quote / motto / saying / belief)
Thank you for reading my boring story, I hope it wasn't too much. Feel free to like my FB and IG vwangogh pages, and see you around Europe.
CONTACT DETAILS (Website, Email, FB, IG, Twitter)
Thank you for the time and don't hesitate to contact me.
vwangogh / Alberto Bebo Gatti