Unfortunately, I supposed to go to Charlotte before Asheville, but Amtrak was delayed for 5 hours. So I just gave up. It supposed to leave at 11PM and delayed for 5 hours. It’s hard to get up. And visiting Asheville was not on my list before, so I was able to stay Charlotte for 5 hours if it is on time.so I thought I cannot make it. It is okay my host said there is nothing to do in Charlotte lol.
So I changed my plan. I was able to sleep until noon. I decided to go to Asheville because my host recommended me there if I like vintage stuff.
I was happy that I got the information.
No many foreign people know about Asheville but Asheville is like a second Portland!
It is just two hours from here. When I got here, the people in the community came to pick me up at the bus station. It was my first time to stay in community. I can expect to meet many people!
Life in “twelve tribe”
I arrived at my house.
It is so beautiful. They run an organic farm and about 30 people are staying here together. This is like a religious group but they welcome backpacker and travelers.
They live by themselves. They share money, house, food… everything. Of course they buy electricity and what they need at least to the outside. they run businesses of organic farm and tea factory so they get money from there.
I saw the factory and yes it is what is called “factory”. They ship teas to overseas. And the tea is so good and healthy. I like Chai the best. It is 100% organic and spicy.
They do not have pork and alcohol but other than that they eat many things. Every meal, they cook with their own vegetables. They also have goat and chicken. At the first day, we had quiche and lettuce salad. It is not much but it is all organic! I loved it.
Everybody said they like here and they are happy. Community has a lot of families and children. They have their own home school so the children doesn’t go to school outside. They can also play some musical instruments such as guitar, violin, and accordion etc…
We gather every 6am and 6pm. They sing and dance and talk a lot. Even in the morning they dance.
They welcomed me:)
This community(twelve tribes) is all around the countries. In the U.S, Australia, Japan…
At the first time, I was wondering about this community. But it isn’t. I became even healthy and strong.
We also wake up early and sleep early. This is also important.
The clothes and hair band they wear are also characteristic and cool! A lot of men has a long hair.
Thank you so much.
I stayed here for 2 nights. First day, I just took a rest, and the second day I went out to check the vintage stuff. There were a lot of stores! I looked over 10 stores.
I walked a lot. 23km!
I didn’t see any people walking without downtown area. I was kind of nervous but I had water so I made it.
Unfortunately, I didn’t buy anything but there are a lot of vintage clothes I want. Asheville has a lot of stores and market but most of them are interior and exterior stuff. I think Portland has more clothes.
Saturday is the rest day of this community. We do not gather at 6 am but 8 am.
My bus departs at 9:15am so I left the meeting earlier.
However the bus was delayed again. Now I am still bus station. without internet.
I hate this.
I need to transit at another station so I think I can make it on time to Richmond. But it is too much. it was better because it is still day time not night time. I hope the bus I transfer won’t deley.
Asheville, see you soon!