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A conversation with author Patricia Noble Sullivan

Sunday, November 13, 2022, 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM
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Sunday, November 13th, 2022, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

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A Conversation with Patricia Noble Sullivan on her book

Overland Before the Hippie Trail: Kathmandu and Beyond with a Van a Man and No Plan

Presented by the Ashby Village Exploring Creativity Group

Join us for this fascinating conversation Patricia Noble Sullivan (Tricia) has with her daughter Rebecca Sullivan Silbert about her memoir detailing the adventurous lifestyle of world travel she and her husband experienced while living in their VW van beginning in 1965. 

Highlights include: 

  • Living in a VW van and traveling for two years, rarely more than arms’ distance apart
  • Accounts of people and adventures from Turkey to Iraq to India to Thailand
  • The process of writing a detailed memoir based on 55-year-old memories and journals
  • Turning a memoir into a published book

Many of you remember the year 1965. President Johnson had already signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and he was signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Vietnam War was heating up; there were sit-ins and teach-ins. But on a smaller scale, 1965 was the year Tricia Sullivan and her new husband, Mick, set out for an open-ended honeymoon trip to Europe. 

They had both been teaching for a year, had degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and their hope was to get teaching jobs in Europe. Tricia hadn’t thought much about their upcoming trip. In fact, she thought that they might even be back home by Christmas if they couldn’t find jobs. Mick, on the other hand, had gotten certified to teach college classes through the University of Maryland at US military bases, which 

he hoped would allow them funding to stretch out their travel.

Little did they know that their European honeymoon would turn into a lifestyle of world travel in their VW van. For two years they traveled on a bare-bones budget from Europe through West Asia, South Asia, and East Asia, all in the days of no Internet, no mobile phones, and limited maps. They were out of contact with their families for months at a time, as they discovered a world full of curious, welcoming, and generous people.

You can learn more about Tricia and her book, Overland Before the Hippie Trail: Kathmandu and Beyond with a Van a Man and No Plan, on her webpage at