In pursuit of a new life, 5 years ago, Nickie Jalife decided to give her friend $30 for gas to take her from Los Angeles to Ventura. The other $30 she had was in her pocket. Some several months later, pass and walking down the street she meets Andrew Mizzy and “Vega”, his very distinct bus.
“We met in downtown Ventura, he was hanging out with a friend of mine, so I met him, came on the bus and I haven't left since then,” Jalife recalled. “I fell in love with him right away,” She was 19 then and is 21 now. “The moment I saw the bus and came on I just knew that was my life path, that was where I was meant to be at that moment, and this is so fulfilling. I still feel that way. This is where i'm supposed to be.”
Andrew Mizzy, 25, who enjoys art and music, got the VW bus from a friend, chopped it up in the middle and attached it to the top of a bigger bus, adding a little loft that serves as the couple's bedroom now.
“We are self sustainable, off the grid, running off of solar power and vegetable oil. Part of our daily life is to get prepared to find the oil, the sun and a nice place to park the bus,” said Mizzy, a musician. “I got the bus on craigslist for $2400, cheap, then traded some work for the veggie oil system and solar panels and finally got the VW bus with a friend, chopped it up and screwed it on top, making our loft.” The couple is just one more example of young adults that are opting for a more sustainable way of living in North America.
During this month the couple is focusing on moving into the loft upstairs the bus and will soon leave up for northern California where they go every winter to make some money trimming marijuana - “It's a major thing for us, every year,” Nickie said. The couple expressed to have never had too many problems with the Ventura county while living in the bus. They just keep traveling, creating new art inside the bus (like painting the walls, or drawing a mandala of stars on the ceiling, creating new spaces) and living the bus life, with daily missions for vegetable oils, good weather and nice parking space.