In 3 days I will be heading to Israel for the first time. One of the biggest benefits of traveling to new places is meeting new people, exposing yourself to new ideas and lifestyles. Nowhere was that more apparent to me than Slab City. The residents prove defiantly to the world that it's possible to be 100% yourself--including all your quirks and craziness, all the things about you that don't blend well in an ordered, "lawful" society--yet still live peacefully with others and with good intentions in your heart.
Here, Caribe [sp?] poses in front of his makeshift yard shortly after inviting me and @zobug91 in to discuss the gold-fringed American flags displayed in courthouses throughout the US, explaining to us that the Constitution has been abandoned and that "admiralty law" is still in effect. As always, be sure to do your own reading on the subject, as I did upon returning home. But never will I forget Caribe's huge smile and deep booming Spanish voice, as well as all the other residents of this wonderful place. If you visit, don't just take pictures... talk to people!