These days there's quite a roster of mobile living options for the discerning nomad: gypsy wagons, homes plunked on tricycles, ski cabins, converted school buses, and more. For a Bulgaria-born wayfarer known, simply, as Boyan, the dwelling of choice—for now, anyway—is a Mongolian ger, a round, insulated hut made of wood and fabric. Last fall, Boyan and his girlfriend were staying on a campsite in the Netherlands, where they pay 200 euros ($257) a month for Internet, water, and electricity, plus a shed with a washing machine, shower, and toilet. When seasons or restlessness make a move necessary, the entire process—tear down, locale change, construction—can easily take less than 12 hours. "At the present, all my belongings fit basically in a small trailer and I just love this," says Boyan, who has lived in Brazil, Palestine, Israel, Ireland, and the UK.
The parts for his assembly-required ger—"almost like an Ikea house"—were made in Mongolia and distributed by the Dutch company Nooitmeerhaast. In all, the structure measures less than 21 square meters (about 225 square feet), and houses a minuscule fridge, electric stovetop, and shelving hanging from an accordion-style skeleton. In the winter the home is heated by a "tiny, extremely powerful" central stove: "Some people wonder how you survive the winter," Boyan says. "Well this is over 2,000 [year-old] technology that's been developed in a country where people live in the desert, from plus-40 to minus-40 degrees centigrade [40 to 104 degrees F]." "I don't think that living in a small place in a simple way makes me happy or happier," he says. "It gives me the opportunity to be happier." Here's the Fair Companies video tour:
· Nomadic tiny home: Mongolian yurt moves in 1 day, DIY-style [Fair Companies]