The last couple of months have been interesting.
In short, I bought an RV and travelled through parts of Europe with it. Both visiting friends and working a bit. At the same time I've been contracting for a company in the Netherlands which means I have been flying up and down quite a bit. Too bad budget airlines don't do airmiles.So where did I go? Well, get out your map and follow along. After I bought the RV in Germany I drove it to the Netherlands for some checkups. A friend of mine is a car mechanic and has his own shop so I took it there. There were some things that I knew had to be done (tires, brakes) and some things that I wanted done (air filter, oil filter, oil change). Given that I had bought myself an old RV (build in 1980) we were both surprised that she didn't need any additional work. A pleasant surprise for my budget to say the least.With that out of the way I decided to use it for the weekend to see what I needed/missed. As luck would have it I was supposed to shoot (as in photograph) a Salsa festival in the south of the Netherlands that weekend. So being practical I decided to cancel the hotel room that had been booked for me and drive down instead.
A friend of mine joined me for the drive down and we had a fun time getting there. Sure, it was only a couple of hundred kilometers (about 140miles for those of you that aren't on the metric system) but we took our time. Obviously the kitchen had to be tested so the first stop was for coffee. Then the kitchen had to be tested again so the second stop was to make lunch. Silly things but so much fun when you've just bought your first RV.
After arriving at the venue it turned out my decision to drive down was a great one. The hotel that I was supposed to stay at was 30 minutes away from the venue. In itself not that bad but I was supposed to shoot the Friday night party and the Saturday morning workshops.
Given that I dance salsa myself I didn't want to leave after I was done so I stayed and danced till the end of the party (5 am). That left me 5 hours until I was supposed to be back. Substract 30 minutes each way and that leaves 4 hours to backup my images, shower, create a short preview album and put it online, sleep, shower again and have breakfast. All in all that would have meant about 3 hours of sleep. Instead I got 4 now so 1/3 more. Not only that but after I shot some pics at the first workshop the next day I went back to sleep for an hour and caught the last part of the second workshops. Way more sleep than I would have gotten had I stayed in the hotel. Suffice to say I thoroughly loved my RV and my decision to drive it down.
But as always when you do something for the first time you start noticing things that aren't perfect. For instance, the location where I had chosen to store my camera and flash batteries was inconvenient to reach. The shower pressure was really low and there were some other things that I didn't quite like the way they were..
Given that I was going to the south of France to shoot an extreme sports event (more about that in another post) that gave me a little over a week to make some improvements.All in all though, the love afair with my RV had started that weekend.
It's been a busy couple of weeks.
Sure, I know it's an excuse. Even though I'm working 11-13 hour days I could have find the time to write something here but then, I chose to spend that time with friends I hadn't seen for a while.
Aside from that I "had" to attend a studio light demo day
I put had in between quotation marks cause I had a couple of thousand reasons not to go but in the end I decided that sometimes you just have to replace gear. So now I have lots of new toys that I haven't been able to use yet... for 2 weeks.
I've lived in my RV for 10 days now. I have only gone back to the condo to get clothes, and to sleep one night (basically I picked a loud parking spot that was 10 feet from the condo and it was 5am so I just went inside instead of driving to a quiet spot). A lot of things have panned out as expected, but there have also been some big surprises.
I could go on and on, but you probably get the idea. I totally love living in this RV. It's a great feeling to drive over to my mom's house and have her say "Oh, you didn't happen to bring those tickets, did you?" and to just be able to walk into my house and get them.
My parents are really into the RV thing, which is funny. They're always a bit skeptical about my schemes. My dad helped me take out the CRT TV and the Microwave which I replaced with a flat panel and a flash bake oven. My mom made me nice curtains. I'm trying hard to resist the urge to totally trick out the RV. The carpet smells a bit musty so I might put in granite tile or bamboo floors. I think that would be neat.