READYING FOR REVERSE CULTURE SHOCK
Countdown to our arrival back in blighty and our beloved T25 camper after 4 years working overseas in Thailand.
The Van- The Purchase
Back in May 2009 Callum bought a camper van. She was an off-white t25 Volkswagon Autosleeper conversion, created in the year we were both born- 1983. Good vintage. Mechanically she was a bit of a mess, the young guy who had intended to do her up had been a bit out of his depth and at this point so were we. Sat in Callum’s parents drive in the van we opened a bottle of fizzy wine and Betty May was christened. We spread out a map (actually logged into google maps) and dreamt of touring Europe. Driving through Belgium, Germany and Austria.
A brief life
We managed to get a few local trips out of Betty May before realising that if we wanted a serious long term relationship with her some pretty major needed to be done. Mechanically wobbly she also had huge patches of rust and needed alot of welding and a repaint so the interior was ripped out and came to live in our bedroom for several years.
In 2013 we abandoned Betty May. Her welding was complete and windows back, gutted and alone she was condemned to sit back on the parent’s drive until our planned return 2 years later. However we loved our expat life so much that we stayed for four years and are due to return in July 2017. In the summer of 2015 we had her re-sprayed and last summer Callum swapped out her old seats for some smart Saab replacements.
The Return of the Van
When we get back to the UK in July Callum will still be on his summer holidays so he will have undivided Betty May attention time on his hands. This is great because we will be NEEDING her. We will be shacking up with the parents until we can fix up a mortgage so a little space to escape to is our comfort. We need to get the MOT sorted and then get the Interior back in. Taking it out was a cinch but I’m not so sure that putting her back together will be quite the same thing.
Our Triumphs and Struggles
We’re using this platform as a way to plan the reinstatement of the camper and celebrate our triumphs and disasters. If you’re interested then come along for the ride!