#Vanlife, Home Life, or Backpacker Life?!
This past week has been a strange whirlwind and a topsy-turvy twirl of lifestyles. As you already know, we primarily live the #vanlife… living a minimalism lifestyle from the back of our Landruiser and in tents with a healthy mix of hostel life added in.
But, this week we were so blessed to live in a house again quite by surprise. As part of my Arrivedo writing gig, we arrived at this location not quite realizing that our accommodations would be a full 2-story suite with all the comforts of home. Full kitchen, two bedrooms, a sunroom and even a washing machine and a yard!
I have been realizing all sorts of mixed feelings. I almost forgot what home life means, and I even enjoyed those most mundane tasks like making beds, sweeping floors, and doing dishes. It was nice to a have neighborhood and a family that adopted us for the carnival festivities. Funny the things you don’t know you’re missing until they are in your hands again.
The timing was quite impeccable too, as it would turn out that our trusty, vintage Landcruiser has been “hospitalized” for almost 3 weeks since we arrived in Cusco. It seems that almost 10 months of being on the road resulted in the need for a major overhaul. We had a second-hand engine put in last week..and it only lasted a day. So, another rebuild is in store!
Maybe another week until our traveling “house” is ready for us to move back in. So what to do? We have reservations for our Machu Picchu trip in just 2 days! Do we postpone it and rest a while longer in this temporary home? The answer was a unanimous “Nah!. The novelty of being a housewife has already worn thin… I am ready to trade in the broom and dishcloth for my camper stove and muddy boots! 🙂
We are travelers and apparently the nomadism has infused our veins for a while longer yet! But, we don’t have a car, what are we to do?!
Well, we roll with it, that’s what we do! Starting tomorrow, we are going to be backpackers for 4 days! We’ve packed a few outfits each, raincoats, and extra shoes into two backpacks. We are jumping in a taxi at 5 am in the morning for a 4 hour-ride…and then, we are backpacking for 2-3 hours to make into the no-car village that rests below Machu Picchu! There is a train that goes into the town, but our dog Dante is too big for the pet allowance.
No family member left behind! Where he doesn’t go, we don’t go! We might be completely insane. It is the rainy season and it is very likely that this hike will be a wet one. We have to pack our lunch, all of our needs for all 5 of us for 4 days….and we have to tug along our 3 and 5 year olds…and our dog!
Have you have you ever heard of a backpacking family?! Could we be on to something new?! I am a little nervous and a lot excited for what tomorrow will bring!