TANJA- traveler, "hippy gypsy"


Tanja, at right, has driven her Mercedes to Asia. 

At the edge of Northwestern Germany’s M├╝ritz National Park, families are listening to a man dressed as an elf who is playing the bagpipes. This is a campground for families and devoted to outdoor entertainment-children can jump on a trampoline for a euro or glide across a lake in a boat shaped like a swan.  There are tight clusters of tents, small RV’s and little cabins. Amid all this, there is Tanja and her family. They drove here in a small caravan led by her blue 1971 Mercedes van, in which Tanja lives in permanently. Her family is unlike any at the park. Laughing, she calls them “hippy gypsies”- around seven people traveling between GOA trance music shows across Europe and cooking, selling art and providing entertainment to make ends meet.  Last year they were strangers who connected at other GOA shows. This summer they live and travel together. One is a student from Copenhagen on a summer break. Another is from France, who began to live a nomadic life ten years ago after most of her relatives passed away. Tanja has been a traveler for nine years.

The dashboard in Tanja's Mercedes. 

WHY DO YOU TRAVEL?

It’s boring in Germany and it’s cold! I want to live in all cultures.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED?

I’m a mom. My daughter is 17. She is by my mom. From being a mother, I learned to take care. To take care of everything. When someone was trying to get Kaspar into his tent, I don’t say “Oh please,  it's time to go to your tent.” I say, “Kaspar! Go in your tent!” You learn to manage.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM THE BLUE BUS?
To be slowly. To have patience. You don’t have patience when you drive a fast car.


WHAT DO YOU LOVE?

I love love. I love people. I love light.

WHAT IS IMPORTANT?

My daughter is important. Food is important. To be happy. To have friendships. To be free! 

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