Vanlife: Sydney to Melbourne here we are

Rough, intense, fun. A road trip from Sydney to Melbourne, a relocating campervan and two travelers. It’s vanlife.

We had this idea as a joke, and before we could even realize it we were already on the go. What are a thousand kilometers? Hours of left-hand driving across two states, words, music and silence, wind and sun on the chicks, smell of eucalyptus, changing light, clouds that fill the sky of dreams. The landscape runs fast behind the side window with carpets of confused trees, walls of orange rocks, empty towns, prefab cottages with front-yard. It’s Australia, mate.

On paper it would be just over nine hours on the Grand Pacific Drive, close to the ocean. Every year millions of australians ride it, be it for work, for an easy holiday, to join family members and enjoy the warm weather at Christmas. The way from Sydney to Melbourne is the ideal trip to taste the nomad lifestyle of Down Under. Not only it’s the way that links the two major cities of the continent, but it allows to cross an exciting variety of natural parks, rainforests and wild coastline in true aussie style.

A reportage of this trip will soon be published on the Italian travel magazine Latitudeslife. Have a look at the video that my mate Jan H. Stoerkel made real.

 

 

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PUBLISHED

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Back from my weekend in Rome, I bring with me a lot of new ideas. I didn’t win, but parts of the blog are now published on a little book edited by the association and this is the best prize, I think. Also, the ceremony was very interesting: a pleasant meeting of young wanderers, people like me that love to talk about their travels, and share his thoughts, before throwing himself on a rich buffet. I’ve red beautiful poems, cartoons, blogs, and heard the stories behind them. Each of us went on the stage to introduce himself – very embarassing when I had to talk, much better when I was listening to the others. Everyone has his own personality, ehich is reflected on the way he tells his feelings about any experience. Personal, passionate, detached, simple, difficult, using a lot of words or just a few powerful ones – all differences modelled on our own interests, imagination and on how much we dare.

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WISH ME GOOD LUCK

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On Saturday I’m going to Rome for the award ceremony of a blog contest organized by a cultural association called “Il Cherubino”. I participated on November with almost no hope, and I unexpectedly arrived among the first three bloggers. A few abstracts of Students so far have been published in a book, which I’m going to catch at the ceremony, and maybe I’ll also get the prize. Who knows. Thank you all for following me and wish me good luck.

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