“Penny Lane” is a song by the Beatles.
It was written primarily by Paul McCartney but credited to the Lennon–McCartney songwriting partnership. The lyrics refer to a real street in Liverpool, England. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked “Penny Lane” at number 456 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Veteran groupie “Penny Lane” prefers the term Band-Aid.
She’s a lead character in Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film “Almost Famous” telling the story of a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone magazine in the early 1970s while covering the fictitious rock band Stillwater.
“Penny Lane” – the van is also a true heroine and a longtime dream of mine.
For years I’ve been dreaming of traveling in an old VW Bus – waking up to sunrises over the sea, moving slowly and collecting memories. But there was always a “but”. I didn’t have the money or the time or the guy to fix the car or let’s face it the courage. I kissed a frog and bääm I had it all.
– Of course not, but because I am still not rich, still working a lot and didn’t find a MacGyver prince, I just had to realize that I don’t need any of that. I simply (well it didn’t feel that simple actually) reconsidered my priorities to match my dream and found Penny Lane.
After I had finally made up my mind that it was time to find my van, I spent weeks of nerdy research on the internet checking all I could find about #vanlife and designed a checklist with what was important to me. For instance it was crucial for me to find a van with less than 200k km and as the discussion around diesel got louder, I knew in a city like Berlin diesel was no option for me. I observed offers and prices over a few weeks and called a lot of van sellers.
In the end, I went with my gut – and this is how I met Penny Lane.
Penny Lane used to belong to the city of Leipzig for 20 years, where she worked in the department of catastrophe protection. When I found her she still had an orange warning light on her roof, some heavy tool cupboards in the back and was tattooed with stickers from boxing clubs. As a retired heroine she was now ready for some peace, beauty and travel.
The day I picked her up she got spoilt with a protective crystal quartz, an essential oils car diffuser and a personal log book, in which I would write her story and note down all her little quirks and preferences so she would be treated right by whoever would drive her from now on.
Her color is the typical ‘working car’ color – orange. Yet, it also lets her shine so warmly, gives her a touch of the 1970s and relates to the the sacral chakra – the source of creativity, yin energy and female intuition. what a beauty.
“Orange is the happiest color” – Frank Sinatra
Now that spring has approached, there is a lot to be done. We already got rid of the heavy tool cupboards to clear the space for her conversion to a camper. There is so much to plan, measure and decide beforehand – let the games begin!
More about the conversion plans in the next vanlife post.
until then, check out Penny Lane’s personal Instagram account.
It’s all happening!