Road For Greta
We are Ana and Marco, a Spanish couple who lives in Madrid. We met eight years ago, and we’ve been traveling with Greta since then. Greta is our van, a VW Multivan 1.6TD from 1987, with pop-up roof. It came from Stuttgart, Germany, but these last two years she has been traveling with us. We’ve equipped her with a fridge and a heater, but not much more besides those two things.
We love how it is, and we want to keep her as close to the original as possible, for as long as we can. Besides being a couple, we are also coworkers; we started our audiovisual production company together with some friends. Ana is specialized in video editing, and I’m specialized in production and realization. For us “Road for Greta” is a place to generate memories, but is also a project to practice and improve our humble photographic faculties. This lifestyle has created a way of life that influences our work.
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My love for cars comes from my dad; together we have a total of 5 Volkswagens at home, two beetles, two golfs and Greta. He was the one who got me my first van eight years ago, another Volkswagen T3 Multivan 1.6TD from 1989. We got it in 2009, and she stayed with us for five years She was the one that introduced us to the camper world, even though we had our baptism getting an inflatable mattress and a little kitchen inside a Ford Focus. She was a special edition called “Magnum” that came with some extras from that time that nowadays could appear somehow comical, such as digital clock, rear windshield wiper, or a rev counter. Although undoubtedly we will greatly miss the power steering.
For us she was perfect, but during a road trip to Rome, Italy, it was stolen. We never saw her again.
We were left out without all of the material things we had brought for our vacation and also without our van. It was a wretched sensation to think that we had lost something that we had invested so mucho in, mostly fondness, but we weren’t aware of this until a few days later.
But then, Greta showed up!
Another T3 from Stuttgart that was waiting for us in Valencia, suffering from the heat, as we could tell by the worn paint due to the effect of the sun. But very well preserved, thanks to the former owner’s effort to keep it in its original state for close to 16 years. Thanks Carlos!
She is an updated versión of our old van, but with few improvements that we missed, such as the upper bed or the piece of furniture in the back. Besides that, the rest is the same, even the color! (our favorite).
We make little improvements making sure the car’s original spirit remained unaltered. We gave her back her round headlights and original hubcaps, a total polished, upholstery cleaning, new rugs and restoration of some of the moldings and plastics. We changed the fridge for a more powerful one, and we added heating. From there on, little things, mostly maintenance.
There are few essentials for the van that we all know, but for us the most special are:
1 Napsack It is the ultimate invention for the winter or the summer nights in the van. It is a sleeping bag with a hoodie and holes for the arms and legs. It’s very warm, comfortable and funny.
2 Computer support. We are big fans of tv shows, and we are proud of creating a simple mounting for the computer with bike hooks that allow us to hold the computer close to the ceiling so we can watch anything while laying in bed.
3 Noodles. We are not so proud of this last one, but we have to confess that it’s our top choice when it comes to making something quick to eat. We always carry a few.
Atlantic Road in Norway,
Furka Pass in Switzerland,
Gardena Pass in the Italian Alps.
Rallarvegen is a famous bike route that you can enjoy while in Finse, Norway, it’s absolutely breathtaking. It’s one of our favorite memories from this trip. A train takes you to the top of the mountain, and from there to the bottom you have 60km downhill through some very spectacular landscapes.
Peniche in Portugal is another great place for surfing. It has different beaches with various orientations that allow the right conditions to surf during any time of the year.
Cortina de Ampezzo in Italy has some of the best trekking routes that we have seen.
Everybody knows that one of the best ways to remember a trip is through photographies, but not many people do it through videos. A lot of times we storage little clips in our phones that, by just connecting them and adding a special song, we can turn into a more vivid memory. What we like to do every time we have the opportunity is to help and encourage our friends to edit everything they’ve recorded, because normally the result can be more personal and satisfying tan what you get from a picture. Most of our pictures have been taking with an iPhone, probably our favorite accessory because you always have it with you.
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