I saw this van on the next beach down from where I’m staying, was fascinated and stopped in at sunset last night to meet Diego Mariot and Veronica Bavaro from Argentina. Diego started out on a road trip in the van 3 years ago and on the fifth day of the trip, met his soulmate Veronica and they have been traveling together ever since. Their main source of income comes from Veronica’s handmade necklaces, bracelets, and ear rings. They look like beadwork, but are woven knots (I don’t know what the correct name is for this craft). They are lovely things.
Every square inch of the van inside is decorated, and it’s neat and orderly and intelligently designed. Diego does all the mechanics on the van.
Parts are sometimes hard to get, he says. They are vegetarians. So far they have spent 2 months in Argentina, 20 days in Bolivia, 6 months in Brazil, 1-1/2 years in Venezuela, 2 months in Columbia, 9 months in Panama, and have been here in Costa Rica for 2 weeks and will probably stay 3 months. Then on to Mexico “…for 6 months or 3 years.” They don’t speak English, so I’m gathering this info in Spanish.
They have a killer: website (in Spanish). Trust me, check it out even if you don’t speak Spanish. These two have a beautiful, interesting, exciting life.
By the way, America does not just mean the United States. It also refers to Central and South America.