I live in a hippy commune. I knew it was a hippy place when I got here. Vauban is the greenest neighborhood and it looks like a hippy place. Some people live outside/in tent/in small RVs. They all hang out outside and smoke. There are gardens and all of the apartments are filled and surrounded by stuff. Really, I can’t even describe the stuff because it is literally everything and everywhere. Also, all of the apartments seem to have a corner dedicated to empty glass bottles, and none of us Americans can figure out why.
Anyway, today it was confirmed that Vauban is a hippy commune when five of the seven IES students who live here went to meet our housing tutor for the tour, but she never showed up. When we went to her apartment, her roommate Clemens offered to take over. In addition to informing us that he was hungover (at 4:30 in the afternoon), he told us all about how you can do anything in Vauban (this included a wink). The residents, all students, share things all the time, so if we have extra food, we should set it outside for anyone who wants it. There are postings where people offer to share things from woodworking tools to yoga lessons to speakers.