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American couple living in yurt

22 january 2015, 13:51
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John Kamman and  Grace Brogan. Photo © MPR News
John Kamman and Grace Brogan. Photo © MPR News

Ancient nomads of the steppes had no trouble with mortgages, civilization and connecting with nature. 

In the manner of those nomads, though not travelling as much, an American couple Grace Brogan and John Kamman are living in a yurt that they bought for $5000, Tengrinews reports citing Express-K.

For Grace and John, the yurt has become a solution for a number of problems. “We didn't want to go take out a giant mortgage to build a house. We were able to buy this yurt for $5,000. It's an option that was super affordable," John said.

“The idea of yurts entered our lives when I was working at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais in 2008. I just fell in love with the space and the light and the idea of understanding the systems around you in a much more immediate way. Even then, I was like, 'John, we have to do this',” Grace added.

The couple built an outhouse near the yurt. As for water, they have to bring water to the yurt and the sauna. Despite living away from civilization, Grace and John do not consider themselves hermits. They travel to the nearest town when needed, solve issues over the Internet or fly to Mexico on business trips.

The couple has been living in the yurt for one and a half years despite the fact that Minnesota has harsh winter.

The photos of the yurt situated 15 km away from Bemidji were taken by Matthew McLaughlin for MPR News.

John and Grace started living in the yurt in May, 2013. Photo © MPR News

Solar panels are used for electricity supply. Photo © MPR News

Photo © MPR News

 

An outhouse. Photo © MPR News

Frost covers the lid in winter cold. An outhouse. Photo © MPR News

Yurt inside. Photo © MPR News

Kitchen zone. Photo © MPR News

The stove keeps John and Grace warm in winter. Bu they wake up at 3 am to stroke the fire. 

Photo © MPR News

Photo © MPR News

By Gyuzel Kamalova

 


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