outside life- coffee & office time

outside life is my jam.  Cooking outside. Working outside. Play. Climb.  Acro. Bike. Hike.  Chill. Live.  outside-

Okay, I admit, there are those early mornings ( I tend to wake up around 6:30am regardless of the timezone)  when I do not want to get the kitchen stove  set up to make coffee. Those days are often colder. Or sometimes, it is raining. OR it is cold & rainy.  And I have to do it anyway if I want the coffee.  More often than not,  I do it as a morning thing,  a ritual, a habit of daily van life; not grumpy about it at all. The fresh air first thing each  morning is fantastic. A beginning to each day with my attention to the natural surroundings.

the best: working on a computer for multiple hours a day outside in a beautiful location. (very  infrequently, do I work in a  coffee shop) Sure, I pay a slightly higher bill to hotspot, but shit, it beats the hell out of a cubicle or a space I would rather not be in.  (excuse my language)   And I like my job (s)   Bonus all around.  Taking  a moment to recognize the sounds of the birds, acknowledge the shift in the breeze,  gaze out into horizon, see the shifting cloud patterns,  re-surges my brain, add a sun salutation or two, and I am good to continue on.

Although being a digital nomad/ acro gypsy is not without challenges, the advantages for me are winning.   ( next blog  post- nice people when  your van home is stolen)

Here is Eddie wondering where I wandered off to….

 

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peaches for pickles

memory of sharing food on the road with a stranger (people we have yet to meet)

Late  fall, at a  gigantic rest area in Texas, Eddie and I were having a snack in the grass. We were eating crackers, pickles, tuna and lettuce.  A gentleman walked by and said hi. He  continued to his car,  got it, smiled at us started his car and proceeded to almost leave. He turned off the engine, got out of his car, walked around  to his truck, pulled out a rather large sack and came back to us.

“Want to trade for some peaches?  I don’t know what you are eating but it looks good and I am hungry. I have 5 more hours on the road to see my mom.” We said sure and picked out a few peaches while he made himself a little cracker sandwich. We ate together for a moment in silence, he thanked us and left.

I loved the momentary interactions we all shared. Completely strangers, sharing food on a stop.  The entire interaction of meeting one another was perhaps 5 minutes. It was a beautiful reminder of humanity and our sameness.  Talking to strangers, sharing,  hopefully co-creating a friendly world where we seen  and are seen by each other.

I much appreciation for life on the road, as I have an opportunity to talk to people all the time that I do not yet know.

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(this is cold-oven cake made by my mom  & veggie egg scramble somewhere like Georgia)

The peaches were amazing!

Mexico for 2 hours

I love vanlife &  nomad adventures.

I have gone with a woman friend for a pedicure and lunch. This was my first dental adventure.  Angelica and I decided to go to Mexico and have our teeth cleaned.  We are  camping together outside of Tucson, where it is 80 degrees of delightful sunshine. We get great wifi, and since we both have digital nomad jobs, this location is ideal.

Saturday,  we drove an hour, paid $4 for parking, and walked for about 7 minutes into Nogales,Mexico. Walked right into Mexico.  We each had our teeth examined and cleaned. I had full X-rays too. It cost $55. My teeth feel amazing. I would recommend doing this to anyone who needs affordable dental care.  We walked out with cleaner teeth and did have to show our passports to re-enter the USA.

Spending the next few days working in the sunshine, taking breaks to mountain bike through cactus. It is not often that we stay in the same location for days at a time. This is an awesome exception, it is warm!  The wifi is great and the views, epic.

Our friends Angelica and Paul, who just started life on the road 11 days ago are here. Time with friends, making great meals, working together, and dance party moments are an epic start to 2017.

And maybe on Tuesday, we will go to Mexico for a few hours in the afternoon. Apparently, Eddie and Paul want to get their teeth cleaned. img_1376

 

 

20 months #vanlife

Originally I thought Vanlife would last four months. It has been one year, eight months, in a Toyota Sienna mini-van. Me & Eddie, who I call my husbandito.

Five things I have learned 

1) less is more. Less clothing= less laundry.  Two coolers instead of a refrigerator = less food waste. No Rent. 

2) take the no toll, off highway directions, I have seen much more abundant beauty in the land.

3) buy a Natuonal Park Pass

4) eating healthy is a choice. Find grocery stores and cook your meals. For me, it is healthier, more affordable and grounding to cook frequently. 

5) Take time to explore. Schedule it, if needed. 

AND take time to rest, as the temptation is to always be going ( was for me) trying to get outside everywhere and do all the things. It is okay to read, stretch and not see something new every day. 

Bonus- it is worth the  money for the hot spot ability of being a full time digital nomad 

I think the theme was kindness

I love to travel.  That I already knew.

I got organized, somewhat spontaneously, to finally attend & teach at   the Dutch Acrobatic Festival.  This was the 30th year. Aside from what  I learned about Festival Organizing,  I  learned and experienced many things. I plan to return in 2017.

  1. welcoming nature:  I found this festival to have a very welcoming feeling from everyone involved. The fun nature  of the participants and love of all things acrobatics was celebrated throughout the event. I think the theme, spoken in action & not stated, this year must have been Kindness
  2. Meals:  living in an acrobatic community,  where you share 3 meals a day together,  creates  a strong connection to the event.   if we were passing tea to someone or passing the flyer, it was  all in collaboration spurred by sharing food time. Nourishing  on many levels.
  3. EVERYONE is invited to participate. And encouraged. see #1
  4. The idea of what level acrobat you were was not part of the agenda.  Not level 1-5  or begin-advanced, ect. It was a very specific skill set for each offering, and you decide you can do those specific skills with multiple partners, and no spotters safely, you could attend that class. The pre-rx were  ran at the start of the class and if you over-estimated your skill, you were asked to leave.
  5.  pick what truly serves your practice. see #4
  6. Rain- when it rains or you plan to travel / camp in Holland, bring a rainfly. Or purchase two oversize rain ponchos for 3 Euros each, think it is a smoking deal, and hope the hair clips keep it attached to the tent  while the wind blows and the rain falls.
  7. Sleeping bags were invented for a reason. So were sleep pads. Bring both. See #6
  8.  good character building and Adventure Race training See # 6 & 7
  9. Post Dutch Acro, I recommend a trip to Amsterdam,  take a couples hours of walking time, Follow it up with at least a 5 hour bike ride, wonder why you did not ride for 8 hours, have beer at  pub, snack, indulge, and ride some more. Sleep in an epic bed with a pillow top mattress.
  10. I was too busy enjoying and being in the experience, I took no photos, except at the end, of the completely soaking tent.      I leave you with a photo of  Jamaica.                                                            IMG_0452

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