How on earth did you find that place?!

That’s one of the most common questions I’ve gotten since my new living situation. The short answer:

The slightly longer answer:

I had been fantasizing about building a horse drawn wagon, like a vardo. I was contemplating whether to build one that could be towed by a car, or one that could be drawn by a horse. I don’t have a driver’s licence, but I like horses, so I was leaning towards the latter.

But since I’m a rather lazy person, I soon discovered that it would be easier to just refurbish a German construction trailer. They already look rather cute:

Bauwagen 2

And you can get one in decent shape for just a couple hundred euros.

So, I started to look around for a little garden plot in or near Berlin where I could put a construction trailer and start working on it. I could also have joined one of the many wagon communities here, but maybe I’m a bit too antisocial. I like to do things by myself.

As it happened, I found a garden plot just outside the city … and it already had a construction trailer on it! It needed some repairs, so it wasn’t a total disappointment when I got the lease for the plot.

And so, last year I repaired it, and it changed from this …

… to this:

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