Having sold my Volkswagen LT over the weekend I collected my new (secondhand) Westfalia Sprinter on Monday. What a difference, the new van has a 2.9 litre turbo diesel engine and is so much more relaxing to drive than the LT, with its smaller, non-turbo engine. The new camper is based on a Mercedes Sprinter and was converted by Westfalia in Germany before being imported into the UK. I've decided to call the van "Kooky" a play on the name of the Westfalia model, the James Cook. Another great feature for me is the fact that Kooky is LHD, a real bonus as I spend most of my time in Europe. With a good sized shower and two double beds, one of which I can leave made up all the time it will be much more comfortable for me. I spent a couple of hours unloading the LT, but spent all day yesterday sorting out, re-organizing and repacking Kooky. I still have far too much, especially clothes, but over the next few weeks will sort out and whittle things down getting rid of things that I don't want or that are unnecessary. I did manage to fit my microwave back in. I'd bought the microwave a couple of years ago but when I bought the LT there was nowhere to fit it. In Kooky there is purpose built cupboard in the kitchen for it, great news.
Having decided to go to Morocco for the winter I'm going to set off later today towards Dover where I'll take the ferry to Calais, I'll then head slowly southwest through France to Spain and eventually to Algeciras where I can take a ferry to Morocco. I'm really looking forward to my new adventures with Kooky and meeting up with other travellers along the road.
It seems I've been travelling for most of my life.
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