Dec 29, 2018 09:26:47

Band of Gypsies

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Basile Samel

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I have always been a traveler. I owe this to my parents. When I was a baby they would take me around Iberia whenever they could go on vacation. They didn't have a lot of money, but traveling was the best gift they could offer my brother and I.

My father spent his youth riding his motorbike in Greece and Italy listening to Bob Dylan. My mother was hanging out with gypsy kids when she was still a child and is still a die-hard hippie at heart. Sometimes I imagine myself as a modern Corto Maltese, born from a french gypsy witch and a vietnamese biker.

For as long as I can remember I spent my summer holidays in a van on the roads of Spain and Portugal. This is how I learnt slow traveling. We met people and made friends. We could stay in a given location for as long as we pleased, and move to another town the next day. When you travel in a van you can truly experience how locals live since you are not bound to any schedule or guide. You can go to the town market in the morning, cook stuff like you would at home, and eat like a local. Sometimes it's too complicated to find a place to park so you have to hit the road again. Regularly you have to go on a water supply point hunt. 

We lived like tzigans, and it was great.

Today I'm a nomad entrepreneur. My parents have been nomading around Portugal for the last 3 months in a camping car. My brother joined them for Christmas from Faro's airport.

We are still living like gypsies in a sense. A band of gypsies.

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    @basilesamel Sounds like you had an interesting childhood which has led to an interesting adulthood. It would be an interesting contrast to compare your background with someone who never traveled as a child and has stayed in his or her hometown his or her whole life. Staying in one place is just as natural to that person as traveling is to you. I suppose each lifestyle has its pros and cons, but the world is a big place and seems a shame not to explore at least some of it at some point.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Dec 29, 2018 19:26:43
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      @brandonwilson Yes it's a good angle to consider! Thanks for the idea

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 30, 2018 10:47:28
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    @basilesamel cool story :-) did't you have trouble with school or friendships because of the constant traveling?

    Alexandru Catalin Trandafir avatar Alexandru Catalin Trandafir | Dec 29, 2018 09:38:16
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      @atrandafir We were only traveling during summer holidays! The rest of the time I was living in a small house like a normal person in the South-West of France near Bordeaux :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 29, 2018 09:40:38
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