When I came across this vintage VW Bus when we were cleaning out my parent's house, I knew I had to have it.
I picked it up on one of the last days before we took everything to donate or to the dump. Everyone else had passed it over, but I just couldn't let it slip away.
You see, I have many fond memories of VW Microbuses, or the Deluxe Microbus as this particular model was called. It was also called a Samba bus when it was first released, and the real buses had a canvas sunroof and mini skylight windows all along the roof because it was designed for sightseeing in the Alps...how cool is that?!
But my memories are not of seeing the Alps via a VW bus, though that would totally be cool, nope one of my best friends in high school drove one of these babies! We owned a convertible VW beetle which my brother totaled, but we never owned a VW bus, which to me was the height of coolness back in the day.
Oh the things we did in that bus, singing at the top of our lungs, changing clothes on the grounds of the Naval Academy (sheesh, no modesty), and cruising to the beach or to tennis practice with my two besties! Those were the days when life's possibilities seemed infinite, and being over 40 seemed impossible!
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Today I still feel like the possibilities are infinite, but being over 40 is not only possible but 50 is edging closer with every passing year!
My friend now lives in California, where she and her family run an almond ranch, so we don't get to see each other as much as we would like. I'm hoping that I can get out there to see her this year though, and we've promised one another that when we both turn 50 we will be doing a girl's trip to the UK. When I do visit her, I hope she will take me for a little ride down memory lane because that old bus is still running, and they use it on the ranch!
I wonder what songs we will blast on the radio now that we are so much older?! Or maybe we'll just do a little reminiscing.