Arrived from our brief layover in Doha, we began making our way to our next stop – a farm 40km north of Athens where we’d be working on another HelpX for about 3 weeks.
Our host had instructed us to meet him at a particular train stop – this is where we met the crew and from the beginning it was, well, crazy.
Theo has spent the past year developing his property into something he calls
Imagine you’re a farmer who just moved to a new state.
Your humble little plot of land lies amongst hundreds of the vast megafarms who dominate the area. Thousands of acres each, these farms have been here for generations and have an almost unimaginable capability to produce the state’s favorite crop; corn.
Your first year in the state, you work your butt off growing corn.
You fertilize the soil, irrigate the fields, ward off pests and
Our trip around the world has afforded me the opportunity to learn a lot of new things.
I’ve learned about how people live, what inspires them and what troubles them. I’ve gained numerous new skills, from scuba diving to farming to architectural and website design. I’ve seen old things from new perspectives and reinvented many of my long-held beliefs. I’ve put myself in uncomfortable situations on purpose and have come out better on the other side.
Jenna and I hate being tourists.
Early on in the trip we paid our due to statues, museums, popular towns and other “must-dos” until we realized there was a direct correlation between misery and tourists attractions.
It wasn’t until we taught English in Vietnam (our third Helpx of the trip) that we had a three part epiphany…
Part One: We hate being on the tourist trail and museums are expensive.
Part Two: We love meeting locals
Back in January during our going away party one of Jenna’s friends, Dave Abramson, had stopped by and was telling us about his uncle who lived in Thailand. He told us he was married and had lived there for 18 or so years and that we’d probably be welcomed in by him.
Did David actually expect us to go find this uncle? I’d say probably not.
But in mid-July after finishing our brief exploration of Laos,
I’ve spent a good twenty-six years of my life obsessed with dogs (or wanting to be a dog) and this trip has bid me the opportunity to meet some really great canines. And so this post just had to happen.
The Dog Post.
One of the biggest struggles of going rogue for ten months is being away from my four legged buddy, Bubba.
He comes up in conversation more than any other member of family and
Having been prototypical tourists much of our time up Vietnam’s coast, we decided it was time to mix things up a little bit in Hanoi. A couple days before our arrival we hopped on HelpX.net to evaluate our options.
To be honest, I was expecting more of the farm-related opportunities that are so frequent elsewhere in the world – maybe we’d help with a rice paddy? I had no idea.
But that was not to be
Now before I get too in depth into our experience I must submit one caveat – we were only in Cambodia for 5 days total. Not nearly enough time to acquire an accurate view of any region of the world. The reflections below are simply my initial thoughts from the people we met and the experiences we had in our short time there.
The night after our whirlwind tour of the beautiful temples of Angkor near
One of the major attractions in Victoria, Australia is The Great Ocean Road.
Miles of coastline cliffs where the Australian farmland ends and the beautiful ocean begins. Our new Warrnambool family said that we couldn’t leave Victoria without driving it, so we rented a car with our English mates, Chloe and Ollie, and set out for an adventure!
Leading up to the Twelve Apostles (the main event) there are dozens of stops along the way. Each