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The tough life of buskers and our little van adventure

20th July 2016

We have been on the road for two weeks by now.  It means two weeks of living nowhere, staying in different towns and cities in England, parking away from everything, commuting every day about 20 km on our folding bikes and carrying every day 30 kilos of vinyls and boxes. And then carrying litres and litres of water, cooking and doing the washing up in the streets (of coures we have eco-friendly washing-up liquids!) and watching the reactions of pedestrians who have been passing by day after day. Some of the people who pass by just smile on us. Some of them come to talk to us, showing support and respect for what we are doing, wishing they could have afforded it too….  That’s the reaction we like the most, it helps us to go on, we see it’s worth. But some poeple still just go past pretending we aren’t there.

To make a cup of coffee in the morning doesn’t take few minutes like in a proper kitchen. It takes much longer. Then washing up is even more complicated. But we got used to it.We had to. Even to weird glimpse from the people passing by.

„To make a cup of coffee in the morning doesn’t take few minutes like in a proper kitchen.“

In London, we were parking in the most posh area, because people park their Porsches and LandRovers behind huge posh gates and fences around their posh houses so they don’t need extra parking in the street. They have also private security service. These security guys soon started to come to us, asking what we had been doing there, therefore we decided to change place several time. We found nice street with no houses, there were only meadows and tress all around. But it was like in cave. We called it cave actually, because of the cold, dampness and absence of daylight. We were dying from the cold there, looking like homeless, wearing three layers of sweatshirts and hoodies from the very begining of the day until the night. We struggled a lot there. What was more, to get to the centre meant ride 9 km. Going down was easy, but going back meant climbing 4 km of steep hill with the bikes. It was tough. Soon we changed the parking place to the most beautiful street ever! With the nicest neigbours ever.

We spent 10 days in London. We rode to the city centre every day to sell our vinyl clock on Trafalgar square among other buskers and street artists. People who work in the streets and sell their art and skills are usually very friendly. You have to live it to understand the natural camaraderie. It is something we like and appreciate a lot.

„You have to live it to understand the natural camaraderie among buskers. It is something we like and appreciate a lot.“

After our days in London we decided to move somewhere else.  Bristol was going to be our next destination…and this town won it all. We occured there in the middle of summer! After our cave experience we could sleep only in our T-shirts again, do barbecue in the park or go running in shorts!

Bristol is so cosy place. We forgot about trying to sell our crafts and just enjoyed riding our folding bikes round the city, sunbathing and meeting people. There is unique environment around the harbour. You can spend all day sitting there, drinking cider, hanging around or visit old ship which was crucial in shipbuilding industry.  Bristol isn’t turistic city what makes it so special and appealing. Totally worth visiting!

What we like the most about England  so far are drivers thoughtful of cyclist and neverending green parks in places where nobody would expect them! Parks in Bristol were full of people from 7 am till the sunset. Popele were doing their morning exercise there, mothers their meetings, dog walkers the walkings and everyone else their BBQ. We spent there three lovely days, recovering from the cave experience.

From Bristol we are heading to Bournemouth, one of little british beachsides. We were there last year, so we sill see what have changed since then.

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