Kids might not love riding the big yellow bus to get to school and back home but adults can’t get enough of them. Grownups from all over the country have purchased these school buses and converted them into their own mobile homes.
The work is hard, often times taking months or years to complete, particularly when renovation and building experience is lacking. One German couple were unhappy with life in Berlin. So they took the plunge and flew to the United States but not before buying a big, yellow school bus from the internet.
Felix Starck, a filmmaker and Selima Taibi, a musician embarked on the project together which they named, “Expedition Happiness.” There were trials and errors but the couple is happy with their finished home on wheels. Their goal is to drive to Canada, making their way down to South America. The school bus is the perfect vehicle for an epic adventure.
Starck and Taibi did not think about the restrictions that would arise during their travel having such a long vehicle.
There were some hiccups along the way. Starck cut one of his fingers with an angle grinder and the person helping with the renos was bitten by a dog.
The bus had to have repairs along the way. Rust and holes were discovered when everything was pulled off the bus.
There is also a lot of history in the accessories used in the kitchen. Starck says there is an "an old milk jug from Ukraine, linen towels from Lithuania, a wooden cutting board from a small shop around the corner."
The bus has a fan for warmer days and GPS. It is also Bluetooth enabled.
They have installed a 32-inch TV in the bedroom. The drawers at the top have clothes, shoes, and an electrical outlet to charge their mobiles.
Because the bus is 40 feet long, a backup camera was installed to avoid hitting people, cars or structures.
A stove, freezer, toaster, and blender are among the things in plain sight or in storage.
To reduce ecological footprint the Germans chose to install a composting toilet.
They were discouraged from using tiles as they can fall and break. Despite winding mountain and gravel roads, all the tiles are still intact.
->**Watch a tour of the Expedition Happiness bus.**<-