Posts Tagged With: river

Skoolie paint job is almost done!

How many days does it take to paint a school bus? We don’t know, we’re still not done!

In the last post, Back to the bus!, we had started the process. This included sanding, stripping and cleaning it so we would have a fresh scuffed up surface to begin the painting.

Next, we masked the beast to prevent any paint going where it doesn’t belong and to create clean lines.

Then came brushes and rollers? Nope. We were lucky enough that Bryan just happened to have a paint sprayer! This grey primer you see here helps the final paint adhere to the exterior bus walls. Not gonna lie, I kind of dig the color.

Now she’s ready for a cosmetic makeover, starting with the main color! We chose a rich sandy tone for the neutral base and a vibrant turquoise(ish) color for the accent!

Now we paint!

But first, Peppa the pig! Some of you with amazing memories might recall this buddy of mine from the post Sweet Home Arkansas!

After our beauty was painted we taped off the lines to add our accent tone. There’s no proper name for the actual color but no matter what you call it we, think it’s fabulous!

Oh boy, am I’m excited for you to see what the next addition is!

No hints… sorry not sorry.

I’ll leave you with a glimpse of what we do when the Arkansas sun has won and we put down the paint brushes for some cooling off.

Next up, final work on the exterior!

Categories: Bus life, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Take a walk through Phnom Penh

When strolling the streets of Phnom Penh your senses may send mixed signals to your brain. The aroma seems to change with every step, sometimes pleasant and other times well, disturbing. I suppose if you keep your eyes open and actually look around, you’ll understand why your nose and brain are constantly battling. It’s not uncommon to see a mechanic sharing a driveway with a fruit vendor or raw fish for sale outside of a hair salon. This is all in addition to the traffic smog of motor bikes, busses and cars that crowd the streets. Smelling passed the clutter, there’s never a dull moment for your eyes on a walk through Phnom Penh.

Realistic conversation:

“Does it smell like cat food to you?”
“No, I actually just got a whiff of nail polish remover.”
“That’s strange, oh wait… where is that teriyaki scent coming from?’
“I don’t know, but the car exhaust is killing me!”
“Oh well, how about a coffee? I can smell the beans roasting somewhere…”
“No thanks, it’s hard to drink coffee with the smell of fish around here.”

20131026-173007.jpg

20131026-200132.jpg

20131027-170302.jpg

20131027-173859.jpg

20131026-193811.jpg

20131026-194727.jpg

20131026-193842.jpg

A beautiful surprise placed itself in front of me when I turned the corner and found this push cart vendor with a few children that had just gotten out of school. Eager to practice their English, they greeted me with a smile and an offer that I didn’t want to refuse. A chance to interact with local kids combined with a mystery jelly-ball slushy made for a refreshing pit stop! They asked me which flavor I wanted and I said “I want to try your favorite”. Who would of thought giving these little guys the freedom to pick for me would bring so much joy to all of us.

20131027-173618.jpg

The East side of the city brings you to a strip of souvenir shops, trendy book stores and restaurants with a view of the river. I didn’t spend much time here, but definitely enjoyed the breath of fresh(er) air.

20131027-023534.jpg

20131027-023556.jpg

20131027-023616.jpg

20131027-023651.jpg

20131027-023704.jpg

20131027-023815.jpg

I stumbled upon this gem on a side street near the river. The employees are given equal work opportunities and everything inside is handmade by Cambodians with disabilities.

20131027-014830.jpg

20131027-014911.jpg

20131027-014928.jpg

I didn’t plan on stopping in this bubble tea shop, but the enthusiasm from this young girl was magnetic.

“Hello hello!” She said as I smiled by. “How are you today?” She continued, “I’m learning English!”
My reaction was an about-face as I responded walking towards her, “I’m having a great day and you’re English is amazing! Keep it up!”

We spoke for a bit longer and departed with a hug.The glow in her eyes and hope for the future left me on a natural high. I wish she could comprehend the positive impact she made on my life today. Thank you sweet bubble tea girl.

20131027-020602.jpg

Here are a few creative pics along the way that ends your photo tour of the random sights you may see while walking the streets of Phnom Penh.

20131027-170814.jpg

20131026-173239.jpg

20131027-170828.jpg

20131027-170843.jpg

Next up… The markets!

20131027-181440.jpg

Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Aguascalientes… more than just hot water

After the memory filled days of exploring Machu Picchu, the boys took the long route and made it up even higher as Ann and I skipped the bus ride and walked back to Aguascalientes.

20130509-075551.jpg

20130509-080552.jpg

20130509-093547.jpg

20130509-092729.jpg

20130509-080619.jpg

One of the outstanding features of this city, is how it sits hillside with a beautiful river running through it.

20130509-083858.jpg

20130509-084044.jpg

20130509-084054.jpg

Even though it is fully stocked with several gift shops, craft markets and tienda’s, we went for the group effort and indulged in a game of “table hopping”.

20130509-085756.jpg

20130509-085820.jpg

20130509-085839.jpg

20130701-080718.jpg

This pleasant pause was with a local woman behind a card table, whom I believe was fully impressed with our enthusiasm for her amazing stuffed peppers and veggie potato snacks!

20130509-090804.jpg

Not only did we find Jenga at this pit stop, we found one of the last empty blocks to make our mark!

20130509-090341.jpg

20130509-090351.jpg

20130509-090359.jpg

20130509-090407.jpg

20130509-092549.jpg

20130509-085849.jpg

Wrapping up our self entertaining excursion, we boarded a train to connect us to a bus, that finally dropped us off back for the walk to our hostel.

Tomorrow, the markets and inner streets of one of my favorite cities in South America… Cusco!

20130509-094756.jpg

Categories: Edibles!, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog at WordPress.com.