WE BOUGHT A BUS!
Why, you ask? Good question.
Andrew and I have long been fascinated by the philosophy of the so-called "tiny house movement"- the concept behind which is rooted in shrinking your carbon footprint and living lives free of debt and unecessary possessions. We grew up in the shadow of our parents' looming 30-year mortgages, witnessing the creation of paralyzing debt and the subsequent need to work primary and secondary jobs to support these mortgages and other expenses. While we obviously appreciate the sacrifices our parents made so we could live comfortably and have a good education, the accumulation of debt and STUFF was not a lifestyle we wanted for ourselves, or for our (currently nonexistent) children.
Your next question might be, Why not a tiny house? Why a bus?
Well...we actually had planned on buying a tiny house. In fact, for the better part of the last 2 years I've been researching, planning, and choosing the aspects of what would make an "ideal" tiny house for us. But there were a couple of problems. 1.) Tiny houses have experienced a recent surge in pricing due to the current demand. They've become novel, and popular, and thusly, a lot more costly. The awareness is great for the movement, but not so great for the people actually trying to live it. 2.) With most of our money sunk into purchasing a tiny house, we'd have no money left for a vehicle big enough to tow the tiny house (the possibility for mobility was a large part of the appeal for us); we'd also have no money saved for emergencies. A bus seemed like a happy medium between a movable, comfortable tiny residence that offered a bit more square footage than your average tiny house (and without the lofts that I admittedly loved, but worried about since we have an adventurous puppy that could easily fall from the loft).
So, tell us about the bus!
It's a 30 foot retired school bus that had been partially converted already prior to our purchase- a full kitchen (stove, oven, apartment sized fridge, sink & cabinets), as well as a WC, shower, bedroom, storage space and a wood-burning stove. Eyebrows tend to shoot up at the mention of a wood-burning stove in our bus, but it's an extremely common feature. Just google "bus to rv conversions" and you'll see a wood-burning stove in almost all of them. We'll post more pictures of the bus as we do the renovations so you can see what the process is like.
When do you move in?
We have a few more things we'd like to do before it feels like home- simple things like painting the walls, creating some clever storage solutions, adding curtains and furniture that will do double-duty. But the deadline is the end of May, as that's when our apartment lease expires. Even so, we've already experienced the awareness that comes with knowing you'll soon live in a very small space. Everytime I buy something, the accompanying thought is, "Do I really need this?", as well as, "Where will I put this? Is there a place for it?" When you have a 1,000 square foot apartment with endless nooks and crannies, storage isn't so much a problem. Post-bus-purchase, there's a lot of inner-debate regarding even small purchases.
So here's the exciting part!
Part of the plan for later this year is................DRUMROLL..........going on tour! In the bus. As a band. There are a LOT of changes in terms of our band name, performer lineup, and sound, but that's a separate post for a later time. Be on the lookout. For now, here are some songs we did as our new band, Average Rabbits, for a new film being released later this year: Songs to Live For: Selections from John and Gladys Go Through With It
That's all for now! Cheers, friends.