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Dreams On Wheels

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“It’s so clean and new it looks like a luxury hospital”, said Mattijs when he visited Patrick. Well, when you compare it to his van it’s obvious that our interior is a little lacking in personalisation. Stickers, flags, boas, cacti, coconuts, Hawaiian dancers… the van, a 1989 Volkswagen Caravelle, is full to the brim with little treasures, souvenirs from his travels.

© Bertrand Lawal

© Bertrand Lanneau

Mattijs bought it empty and completely renovated it. From the engine to the seats, the furniture to the sunroof, he did everything himself – and you can tell. We’re impressed with his work, and he is impressed with the equipment and technology in our van, he called it “the transformer”.

© Bertrand Lawal

© Bertrand Lanneau

He was bitten by the road trip bug in Australia after staying there for 6 weeks in a rented van. When he got back to the Netherlands he decided to buy his own to fulfil his dreams of becoming an adventurer.

© Bertrand Lawal

© Bertrand Lanneau

In September 2014 he found what he was looking for and spent 7 months restoring it. He test drove the machine for 5 days in Germany; it passed and he set off for 6 weeks in southern Europe. Since then the van has become his only vehicle, alongside his vintage bike, which he is also restoring himself.

© Bertrand Lawal

© Bertrand Lanneau

We met on Texel Island and followed the “PEACE” flag fastened to the back of his van. He gave us a guided tour of the island that he knew so well as a child. We walked across the long beaches, looking for seals or waves to surf.

© Bertrand Lawal

© Bertrand Lanneau

But we didn’t find either of them. The sea foam and the sun on the horizon were enough for us. We also visited Texel forest, dense and musical; we strung up our slackline and the hammock. Relaxing in the fresh air. Freedom.

© Bertrand Lawal

© Bertrand Lawal

We left Mattijs at the end of the weekend and hope to see him again soon. In two years he’ll fulfil one of his greatest dreams: spending two years travelling all across America, north and south. We’ll definitely follow his adventures, and who knows, maybe we’ll see him there!

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[On the road, at the 53°06’52.4″N and 4°46’10.1″E]

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