The approaching feeling of loneliness, that I experienced after only two days on the road, was evolving to new dimensions, as I crossed over the border to France.

About Wings S1E4: Emotional Rollercoaster

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However, while this might not be the happiest episode of About Wings, there were a lot of bright moments as well.

Also, during the times I stayed in Nice, Marseille and Montpellier, a new problem was slowly starting to lift it’s head from it’s hiding spot: I could watch my savings wash away. Money is an often asked topic. And in this episode, I will address it.

I’m trying to stay authentic with this series. So you will see the Ups as well as the Downs of my vanlife adventure.

 

Nice – Finally Beach!


Even if the whole loneliness thing was pretty predominant in my life, it was about time, I started searching for solutions to the problem of the lack of money.

And what better way to think about these things, than driving for a few hours. When you drive your van you are mainly in a sort of state of trance. You focus on driving and at the same time you suddenly ask yourself what happened in-between point A and point B. This effect is less apparent, when you are not used to a route, but it still appears.

The problem was, though, that I’ve been trying to find a solution to this problem for about ten years. How would I find the big break through now, just because I’m living the van life?
Right: By dwelling over the past. Things that worked first, but then failed. Things that never worked to begin with. Or things I never actually started.

But crying over failures of the past doesn’t get you anywhere. Except for – in this case – Marseille, France.
Which made it blatantly obvious, that there are people out there, who have failed far more, than I did 😉

 

Marseille – Money & Blood


Even if the whole loneliness thing was pretty predominant in my life, it was about time, I started searching for solutions to the problem of the lack of money.

And what better way to think about these things, than driving for a few hours. When you drive your van you are mainly in a sort of state of trance. You focus on driving and at the same time you suddenly ask yourself what happened in-between point A and point B. This effect is less apparent, when you are not used to a route, but it still appears.

The problem was, though, that I’ve been trying to find a solution to this problem for about ten years. How would I find the big break through now, just because I’m living the van life?
Right: By dwelling over the past. Things that worked first, but then failed. Things that never worked to begin with. Or things I never actually started.

But crying over failures of the past doesn’t get you anywhere. Except for – in this case – Marseille, France.
Which made it blatantly obvious, that there are people out there, who have failed far more, than I did 😉

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Montpellier – I want to stay longer!


Sometimes there has to be an upside and for me it was overdue. After loneliness and the constant thoughts about money problems, I arrived in Montpellier.

At first glance it looked quite uninteresting, but as I made my way up to the inner city, I found myself in what is one of my favourite cities today.

Young, artistic bohemia packed into a medieval city. That’s how I could describe Montpellier best.

 

Perpignan – Desperation


Getting closer to the border of Spain, I slowly stopped pondering over the different ideas for earning money, that were swirling around in my head.

I was looking forward to finally seeing my friends from Barcelona again. However, a completely new problem would run me over, right as I was about to cross over to Spain.

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