After Vigram we had an opportunity to spent some days with an expat family in the heart of Slovakia where we could witness a great lifestyle in tune with the environment but also, and Julia was very excited about that, capture sheep shearing old school style with the scissors. In the summer they welcomed volunteers and had a well established camp ground which even won an award for the best camp ground in the Slovakia.
They had goats, sheep, horses, chickens, dogs, a cat and a nice garden. They made their own goat and sheep cheese, delicious, even Julia, lactose intolerant, couldn't resist. When we got there it was just before the first campers arrived and some volunteers were already living in one of the trailers working for food and accommodation, a great exchange.
We did portraits of them, made pictures for their social media and website, milked and sheared sheep, learned a great deal about this lifestyle and could listen to interesting stories about their 12 years in Africa working for the German development aid. It was custom in their region of Africa to shake hands with EVERYONE once they got to a new working site, when Arnold did the same in Slovakia he received lots of confused views. I experienced similar confusion when I came back from living in New Zealand and , genuinely, asked people in the supermarket or when calling anyone at an office how they are doing today. Answers ranged from silence to "what do you want", but also many great responses, I still do it. Different habits and cultures always interested us, hence we are always eager to hear about new once and try doing them ourselves. It also is a great icebreaker no matter where you go, just as much as trying to at least learn a few words of the local language, the more the better.
As much as we enjoyed having constant running water, a proper toilet/shower and other amenities that become unfamiliar during a life on the road, we did look forward to heading further. Next stop, HIGH TATRAS yeooooow