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Woman Turns Old Van Into A Home, Travels the World With Her Dog

Love for travel can inspire you to do just about anything.


What are you willing to do just to be fulfill your dreams to travel? Others are willing to give up a full-time work just to pursue their passion, while there are some who would save up big bucks and visit countries they only get to read about.

Meet Marina Piro – a woman who loves to travel.

Source: Pam the Van

In fact, she love it so much that she decided to turn an old van into a home so she can travel the world with her rescue dog, Odie. Marina was born in Italy but now lives in the UK. She restored a 5-door Renault Kangoo which she named Pam after two months of researching on DIY van restorations.

Marina ripped out the interior of a 5-door Renault Kangoo and did everything – even the floor – from scratch.

Source: Pam the Van
She researched about van restorations for 2 months. While her measurements may not be exactly perfect, she’s happy with how it all turned out.

Source: Pam the Van

The van has all the basic necessities of a house – a bed, a kitchenette, some curtains, LED lights and, uhm, some house plants if you can call them that.

The restoration set back Marina roughly $605 for all the materials she used. She didn’t know anything about restoring vans but still continued to work on her project because she loved traveling so much.

Of course, the van has to have curtains too just like any house would.

Source: Pam the Van
Pam the Van has everything you need – a bed, a kitchenette and some cool LED lights to make a comfy home on the road.

Source: Pam the Van

Odie seems to love the whole idea, too. He likes it when he’s outdoors because of the fresh air and he even gets spoiled by Marina every single day. According to her, the reason she came up with the idea of restoring the van and putting up a blog and an Instagram page about it is because she wanted to inspire other women.

“My main aim in the creation of Pamthevan’s blog and Instagram page is to really empower women more than showing how cool my life is.”

If Marina can renovate a van from scratch and travel the world a day at a time, who’s to say that you or me can’t do it too, right?

Odie seems to feel at home, too.

Source: Pam the Van
Marina doesn't know how long they'll be on the road but she says she'll make sure they will enjoy every moment of it.

Source: Pam the Van

Marina, you are truly an inspiration to all of us!


The Newest Architectural Capital of the US is Not Where You Think It Is

Immerse yourself in a little bit of architecture. It makes you look good.

Miami is the last city of America that any person would think to have some of the awe-inspiring buildings for architecture. It’s more known for its beaches and nightlife, but buildings and architecture? Highly unlikely.

Now, Miami’s cityscape is rapidly growing as new developments are built month upon month. While’s there’s no specific building that defines the city, it is still booming and rising as the next architectural capital of the country.

1. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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Stunning Places to Visit in Paris According to Parisians

There’s more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower.

Paris is popularly one of the most visited European cities in the world. It’s easy for any tourist to go straight to famous spots such as Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Finding beautiful spots where it isn’t filled with tourists is the challenge, unless you happen to ask a Parisian for help.

Instead of hitting the usual landmarks, take the road less traveled. Explore the rest of Paris’ beauty as suggested by the locals:

1. Parc Monceau

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La Sagrada Familia Under Construction Since 1882, Will Finally Finish in 2026!

Why is this structure taking too long to build anyway?

The Sagrada Familia is one of the famous attractions in Spain. It is a declared UNESCO World Heritage site and is also the record-holder as the tallest Catholic church in the world. It stands at 560ft tall or 170 meters. But another record it holds is that for 144 years since its construction began, the La Sagrada Familia is still not finished!

The lovely Sagrada Familia illuminated at night - but with construction cranes as photobomber!

The Background

The full name of the church is Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia (the Expiatory Church of the Holy Family). The project began in 1882 under architect Francisco Paula de Villar and was actually publicly funded. A year later, Antoni Gaudi took over as its architect. Gaudi designed a far more ambitious blueprint than the original plan. He drew up a church with 5 naves, a transept, an apse, exterior ambulatory, 18 towers and 3 facades! Yep the church has 3 "fronts" which all look differently depending which direction you are taking the picture from. They are named as Nativity, Passion and Glory and each depicting scenes from the life of the Holy Family and of Jesus.

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