🚲 A Quick Tour Of Our New Surroundings 🏡

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We recently moved out of our windowless studio apartment here in Paramaribo, Suriname, to a more spacious two bedroom mini apartment, and the @KidSisters haven't been happier in this country than they are now.

Still stranded abroad nearly 2 years now, and still unable to return to Cambodia or immigrate to the USA as a family, but this new apartment has been a source of joy for us, although it's well above what we can afford in the long-term.

We now have a big field where the girls can play, and the landlord's parrot has captivated our little Monkey-B. Also, we recently saved enough to buy a bicycle, and this allows to get things from the market with much less physical effort.

No place is Shangri-La o course, but we are much happier overall with our new living circumstances. We've stopped thinking about when and where we may be able to go for the moment, and are focused on making the most of each day.

Srey-Yuu is happy to be riding a bike again, although she definitely needs a more appropriately sized one of her own. We hope to make that happen now that she has a safe space to ride around.

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I feel stranded here in Canada it’s like in a big freezer 🥶since we cannot go anywhere warm.I’m happy for you and your family. Looks like a very nice place there. I don’t know your situation why you and the family are stranded there but I hope situation improves!!

I can't imagine living in the cold anymore, even though I once lived in the highest altitude town in North America where winter is basically year-round. It's hard to believe I was on a path to be an ice climbing guide once, but now the warm weather and cheaper cost of living are things I don't want to give up anymore.

We make the most of what we have on our plate, and btw, I think it's so awesome your family is on Hive too. !ENGAGE 25


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Oh wow from on the path to ice climbing guide to living in the beautiful tropical weather, that’s how it should be 😀 our goal too we want to live in somewhere warm. We love Hawaii but so expensive, love Cuba but it’s not realistic to live there. I once lived there with locals for two weeks ( later on found out that could risk them to be taken to jail), in that little town, they either had no food in the store, or if say frozen chicken coming in today everyone is buying crazy that day because who knows food will come next...
I think so too it’s so cool to find a family on here like minded!! I see the way you raise your kids very much like my husband teaches my girls. And you are also a very lucky man having a wife cooks very delicious food 🤤 I wanted to try that mushroom recipe after reading her post!!!

The world had seemed to get smaller hasn’t it? Before this pandemic saying the world was smaller was a good thing... after the pandemic I think it means something different altogether.

I’m glad that your all getting settled into the new place and that it has more of a home vibe to it... during this time our place of residence is a private sanctuary... I think that’s important especially during these trying times.

That is an interesting point, yeah, a small world may not be such a good thing when put into context. I agree with you, and one of the reasons we moved to a more comfortable space was due to the massive amount of time we spend at home, nearly all of it to be exact, but mostly due to economic reasons, not necessarily directly because of the rona'. !ENGAGE 40


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It's true... Money best spent then Justin!

I'm still trying to wrap my mind around how the world is working right now... and frankly... it's NOT working at all!

I recently went to do some banking here in Canada... I couldn't belive all the disfunction and lack of customer service... and it wasn't just at the bank. It was EVERYWHERE!

There's no way I would pay for this level of service. It's better to stay home and figure out where else I can put my attention and just get better at solving my own problems.

Surely this can't last... But it's already been about 1 year of this... So who knows right!?

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That's the general feeling here in Canada anyways... But I'm actively looking for the positives... Because they are there if we look for them. They always are!

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I’m happy for you and your family a move and new environment can make a big difference to everyone's health good luck with it all 👍

Give thanks, it's had a huge impact on our overall mental and life attitudes. !ENGAGE 15


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I am sure you will all be happier there 👍

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Thanks to God for his provision brother. This place reminds me of Nigeria a lot man. 😄

You have a beautiful family and a lovely home bro. Keep growing and keep getting bigger

Give thanks @belemo. Well, I bet one big difference is it's easier to hustle in Nigeria. Here, everything has gone bureaucratic, and very few people work from plying their crafts and skills. I must admit I miss the user-friendliness of the developing world, especially Cambodia, but we make the most of the place.

The languages developed here by the African slaves and their descendants contain more African roots than any other western languages. As far as I know, the majority of African-rooted languages here come from Benin and surrounding areas, so there are probably some Nigerian roots in the languages and cultures too, as Benin and Nigeria have so much shared history. !ENGAGE 15


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Yeah I think so, since we share a border with them. Although they're a french colony, I heard they also have some Yoruba culture embedded in their dialect

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Nice place man! The kids have a lot of space to play. Jah provides and guided! It looks like Jamaica. Your wife looks really comfy in the hammock. The simple tings a weh blessings!

Give thanks, there are some zinc fence jungles here, but not common. This place has a small population and a large land mass, so things are spread out much more than Jamaica, but similar surroundings indeed. Bless up! !ENGAGE 15


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That reminds me of my place in Djibouti--hammock and all, except DJ is a lot less green.

Funny how life repeats itself in many different circumstances. There are a handful of pics we have from here that could be easily mistaken for Cambodia. Of course the life here couldn't be more opposite to the way of life in SE Asia or East Africa, but the environment certainly looks similar at times. !ENGAGE 10


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Couldn't help but notice that all three of your ladies didn't necessary feel like being filmed ( although I enjoyed the bird and bike scenes ) but it's nice to get a little tour of your new place and it's clear to me that it's quite the improvement.

I wish for your guys that this is only the beginning of your future abundance.

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Strange you sensed that, Monkey-B and Srey-Yuu very much enjoy being on film. I edited out the part where Monkey-B wanted to tell everyone about all the rocks she feeds the parrot. Even though parrots to keep stones in their tummies to help break seeds, I didn't want to confuse anyone who thinks it bad to feed animals rocks.

The whole family is happier here, and we have space to breathe, so there will be more to come. Hopefully the girls will do a tour of the place soon. !ENGAGE 25 !wine


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As soon as the lockdown is something from the past I smell a campfire :)

I think that could be arranged and is a good idea. !ENGAGE 10


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I am blown away with the brilliance of these two extreme cuties. Your surroundings make me actually very envious. I hope you do well in your new surroundings. Love seeing sweet @sreypov in a hammock. I always tell Marc, that I just want to have a hammock.

More vids please!

Our little ones are growing up all too fast. The surroundings are nice here, albeit one month of abject poverty costs us the same as 4-5 months of middle class life in Cambodia. A quiet and windy shaded location is must for a hammock spot, and we have one good hammock location here, an very nice bonus. I have several more video ideas, will get work on them. !ENGAGE 25


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