I’m Nicole and ‘Stella’ is my 1973 VW Bus. I named my bus Stella after an adventurous friend of mine, who has the very same nickname.
It took three years of restoration to get my VW Bus to this point. Persistence and patience is definitely key! The owner before me used it for drag racing; so, after a ton of mechanical issues, an engine replacement was eventually needed. I saved up for the bus working a corporate sales job of two years. Since then, I have lived minimally and done everything from surf instruction to waiting tables to keep Stella going. It hasn’t been easy; but, I’ve learned a lot and I am thankful for the experiences.
I now live out of my bus and travel to surf spots and national parks. I figure that when I’m older, I’d love to recount these moments; so, I started a YouTube channel to document the experience. I certainly still have a ton to learn, but thankfully I’ve got the green manual and dummy’s guide to help!