Meet Lotte. She is a beautiful old granma, an original 1971 Volkswagen Baywindow, Made in Germany on February 21st, 1971. Back then her young skin was Chianti Red, just like wine. Right after her birth she crossed the ocean to Panama. That's what she was meant for from the very beginning: the tropics. She must have had an interesting life, yet I haven't met anyone to tell me her stories. Somehow she got lost in Costa Rica several years ago, before I found her half dead and decided to bring her back to life.

Now she sits there in the shade of San José, enjoying the huge green area opposite of my apartment. I take her out for the weekends, because she loves the beach, the ocean, the surf. She's unbelievably strong for being 45 years old. Almost daily I take her out for a stroll.

San José
When did you start your travels?: 
Why did you decide to drive?: 
Driving with an old Volkswagen to catch the best waves and sleep wherever I want has always been my dream!
Are you also taking along pets?: 
Are you also taking along children?: 
What type of car are you driving?: 
1971 VW Baywindow T2a
Did you make any modifications to your car for this trip?: 
All of the interior is new and professionally made. There is a very comfy couch with an extra seat and a table which can be transformed into a 2,10m x 1,30m bed. All the inside and outside painting is new as well. Lots of mecanical stuff has been rebuilt with original parts, way too much to mention.
How did you save up or finance your trip?: 
I live and work in San José. I go on roadtrips anytime I can.
How long do you plan on traveling?: 
Couple of years.
Where do you plan on driving? : 
Up and downs the roads of Costa Rica and maybe the neighboring countries.
What were your family’s and friends’ reactions when you told them about your trip before you left?: 
"You are crazy, but we know."
What languages do you speak? Will you learn more on your trip?: 
English, German, Spanish, French
Do you have a favorite place that you've visited?: 
Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula. Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean Side.
Do you have any advice for others who may be considering driving the Americas?: 
Live the dream!
Lotte in Costa Rica