Henrik, a regular 25-year-old from a small town in Småland, Sweden, has been a musician for almost as long as he can remember. But after years of rehearsals and performing, he felt burned out. There was something missing from his life. So he set out to find it.
He headed to Kenya, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and then went whale shark diving. Having returned to Sweden with a taste for adventure, he became an instructor at a small adventure/tourism school in his hometown.
The same year Henrik started working, a girl called Sara from Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city, enrolled in at work. It was love at first sight. Sara recalls: “One minute I’m standing up, the next I’m falling down with birds singing in my ears. Thousands of butterflies tried to pull me up, but my spaghetti legs wouldn’t hold me.” Cupid’s arrow had hit the bull’s eye.
Henrik felt the same, but due to the situation – he was a teacher and she was his student – they thought it was inappropriate to act on their love. Instead, they dreamed of a time and a place where they could be together. Neither was a stranger to adventure; Henrik had climbed mountains and Sara had been on the move since she was 16.
“I’d already done a fair bit travelling before I met Henrik,” she says. “I left home at 16 to study marine biology. At 18, I moved to Dublin and got a job. A year later I hitchhiked across Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary. After working two jobs in Norway, I then booked a ticket to Puerto Rico, where I caught Dengue fever.” But that didn’t stop her from seeking even more adventure. Before long she was in Mexico and headed south until she reached Bolivia, where her father was born. “That’s where I get my dark hair and brown eyes from,” she says with a smile.
Henrik and Sara talked about just filling a car with their gear – longboards, clothes climbing and diving equipment – and heading off into a romantic sunset. But they soon realized that a car simply wasn’t big enough. Their dreams needed more space, a lot more.
Summer 2016 came along. They both left the same school – she graduated and he quit – and their hopes started to take on a discernible shape. That shape happened to be a van, specifically a four-year-old Volkswagen Crafter. They named her Dosy and dedicated themselves to transforming her into the mobile home/storage space they needed.
First, they made a 3D sketch. Then they bought all the material and tools they needed – and started building. They made almost everything inside Dosy from scratch, except for a few IKEA items and Dometic products, including a roof window, electrical inverters and a mobile cooling box. “We built a bed, wardrobes, a kitchen, drawers and much more. It’s been quite a project,” says Henrik.
They decided to call themselves Videland, which according to Norse mythology is named after the god Vidar, who ruled the forests and the tall grass. So far, Henrik, Sara and Dosy have clocked over 1,200 kilometers and visited four countries. But this is only the beginning. As Sara says, “We want to live a life where we spend more time together than apart, where we wake up laughing and where we feel our lives actually belong to us.” We wish them happy travels.
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