Gotta love this guy! Guisepe Spadafora travels around the U.S. serving free tea from his mini bus, creating community just by opening his doors and inviting people in. What a nice little reminder that you can be a man with a van — a stranger with a van — and not a predator! Kudos to Isabelle Altman at The Columbus Dispatch for this delightful feature (and to Luisa Porter, who took the great photo):
Guisepe Spadafora says he began serving free tea when he was living out of a pickup in Los Angeles.
The 22-year-old Washington native had just graduated from college and moved to the city where he didn’t know anyone. He began parking his truck on Hollywood Boulevard and cooking dinner, inviting passersby to eat with him when they stopped and asked what he was doing. After dinner, he would put the kettle on. People started calling him the tea man.
“All of a sudden, I started having community,” Spadafora said.
Now 33, Spadafora travels the country inviting people into his tea bus, Edna Lu, and serving cups of tea. A two-month journey through the South brought him to Columbus on Friday, where he parked in front of the Rosenzweig Arts Center and poured tea for a steady stream of passersby visiting the bus.
“What are you doing here?” asked 18-year-old Maggie King as she poked her head into the bus on Friday to see a group of people sitting around sipping tea with their attention on Spadafora. “I just saw the free tea sign.”
She and her friend Rikki Garcia, 19, each grabbed a seat and a mug….
Read the rest here, including Guisepe’s encounter with the police on Christmas Eve. Hope this warms your week! – L.