Landing in Phnom Penh was a bit hectic with the traffic here being much crazier than Chiang Mai. There doesn’t seem to be any laws and there are loads of motorbikes. It’s a true free for all. For some reason we didn’t believe it when people said you’d meet friends that you just click with […]
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This was one of the most difficult yet rewarding days since we started our Gypsy Givers venture. As Linds and I have mentioned numerous times, Sue and Judy instantly shared a special place in our hearts. From their quick one liners and their don’t take things too seriously attitude, to their deep routed soul sister […]
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During the weekdays breakfast is served after the kids take the bus to school. It’s a leisurely meal. Volunteers stumble in around 8 Thai time but not me. I’m putting coffee on waiting to see what Mame made for me this morning. We take the hour and talk about the day ahead, what needs to […]
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Monday in Thailand is a national holiday but it’s not recognized here at Baan Dada other than kids having the day off from school. With Sunday being an exhausting day of cycling, we were told breakfast would be served a little later. This was the first evening I didn’t have to set an alarm. Still […]
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Jazz Festival and Crawfish Festival have always held a special place in our hearts not solely because of the music but also because they have become a family affair. Our hearts melted when we heard Louisiana was still suffering immensely from the flooding this past year. We reached out to Michael Arnone, founder of Crawfish […]
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Of the many lessons learned on the road, the one we’ve embraced the most is the free spirit lifestyle that comes from living in our van. Meeting different people and taking unexpected routes has led us to some amazing and unplanned adventures. We started the new year home in NJ with friends and family. Shortly […]
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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and spending it on the road makes it even more special. This week we returned to The Healy Senior Center in Humbolt County, California for their annual Thanksgiving Day lunch. We spent the holiday here last year and it only felt right to return again this year. We arrived […]
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When we heard back from The Happy Factory we had just began a new leg of the trip. We had just left Denver and were like kids on Christmas Day! We were so excited to be making toys like little elves and delivering them along our route to those in need of some cheer. We still had so […]
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Grass Valley, California reminds us a lot our home town in Sussex County, NJ. Rolling hills, small town feeling and similar to the Delaware, it has the Yuba River. Passing through this town, our stay has sometimes been as short as an evening or up to a month long, we always find time to stop […]
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Jumboland was our first place of employment. Yes, both of us. Although having worked there through our high school years we never shared a shift together. Smart owner. Jumboland is famous for their taylor ham, foot long hot dogs, and ice cream. I loved working behind the ice cream counter! Not only did it keep […]
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