Mel Candea

Van Life

Van Living and Keeping Clean: Yes, It’s Possible!

By on November 3, 2013

Perhaps one of the most common questions we get asked when people find out we live in our van is about the basics: how do you keep clean?

Mork, our…

Van Life

Van Living by Choice: We’re Not Homeless

By on October 31, 2013

One of our favorite quotes from the past year of van living has been from Ellis, an American in Istanbul. When he found out we live in our Westy,…

Travel blog

The Natural Time Machine: A Journey in the Italian Alps

By on October 25, 2013

The timing and the weather was good for taking a drive not so far from Milano, to the place that we chose to say the last goodbye to our…

Digital Nomads

Westy DN Interview: Scenes with a Digital Nomad Film Director

By on October 20, 2013

 Armando Costantino, Italian Film Director
A recent Q & A session with one of the co-founders of Westfalia Digital Nomads, Armando Costantino. He’s currently in Prague, CZ doing a film…

Fun Facts

30 Actually Interesting Facts About France

By on October 16, 2013

Ah, Paris.
You can’t say the name without evoking thoughts of the Eiffel Tower in a beret, smoking a Galoise and still managing to look chic.
France is intriguing. It makes…

Travel blog

Musings in Milan: The Quality of Van Life & Freelancing

By on October 12, 2013

Autumn is my favorite season.
The crisp air, the colors- the atmosphere just feels more electric than sleepy summertime. If our summer was cram-packed with too much/too many, our now…

Travel blog

Whirlwind Work European Tour 2013: Full Circle, Back in Milan

By on September 22, 2013

We arrived back in Milan last night, after nearly 3 months of intense travel from our European Tour. Our highest points: the sunset over Berlin from a parking garage;…

Travel blog

Paris on the Horizon After French Coast Camping Oddities

By on September 5, 2013


We’re collecting all of our bits and bobs from our last year, with the intent of putting them into organized chaos for our new website. I should say ‘in…

Travel blog

Making the Most of the French Coast

By on September 2, 2013

Only a couple of weeks have passed since our tragedy. Sometimes everything seems so real- yet sometimes so unreal.

Sometimes it even seems that nothing ever happened. Mel was…

Fun Facts

London: Regular, Everyday (Really Strange) Bits and Bobs

By on August 24, 2013

Our weeklong stay in London has been extended and we haven’t had much opportunity to explore the city. Even if we had time or energy, we’d still barely scrape…

Travel blog


By on August 18, 2013

‘We want to know that we left footprints when we passed by, however briefly.
We want to be remembered.
So remember us.’ –Mike A. Lancaster
Our time with Adrian was what it…

Travel blog

Antwerp: Brabo Who and for How Long-?

By on August 6, 2013

One name you’ll come across often in Antwerp is ‘Brabo.’ He’s the founding father, of sorts- or at least his legend gives him credit for the origins of Antwerp….

Travel blog

Rotterdam: Architecture with Twists

By on August 2, 2013

We weren’t looking for much from Rotterdam (let’s face it, a place based on ‘rot’= ‘muddy’ and ‘water’ combined doesn’t elicit much hope) so how grand a surprise that…

Travel blog

Amsterdam: Hold the Mayo (and the Yawn)

By on July 28, 2013

I had a few problems with Amsterdam, but I’d have to say the main one was the simple fact we were expected to like it. So many rave reviews…

Travel blog

Berlin Meet Up: Travel Bloggers and Digital Nomads

By on July 25, 2013

Before we’ve gone anywhere on our escapades* (read: work trek this summer), we’ve been trying to find and connect locals, or at least temporary locals, that are digital nomads.


Fun Facts

The Czech Republic: Historical (and Some Hysterical) Facts

By on July 16, 2013

Prague is one of the most popular European destinations for travelers for both its gorgeous sites and gorgeous pints. The capital city and the country have their share of…

Travel blog

Sbohem, Prague and Hallo, Berlin: From the CZ Back to Germany

By on July 16, 2013

To say that we’re not slightly bitter (read: still ticked off at certain circs that came about in Prague) would be an absurdity. Of course we still have residue,…

Travel blog

A Look Back at Beautiful Brno

By on July 10, 2013

We’d stopped in Brno to see old friends before the dastardly Prague robbery. Unfortunately finding solutions to immediate problems prevented us from posting about one of my home-away-from-homes, Brno….

Travel blog

Robbed in Prague, Mork’s Less Broken Than We Are

By on July 9, 2013

With our lifestyle, there are bound to be some moments that are sketchy, or perhaps even dangerous. We’re a likely target, or more like Mork is, since the license…

Travel blog

Vienna Surprises Us in a Good Way

By on July 8, 2013

“A person doesn’t change because you find out more.” -Anna Schmidt, The Third Man
Vienna surprises us, actually did change from finding out more about it. After Armando had a…