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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Billy's Shoe Fix

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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I purchased some great walking sandals in Panajachel, Guatemala, and they were a good price. But by the time I got to Chiang Mai, Thailand, they had broken down.

Street side shoe repair

Street side shoe repair

First it was my bag in need of repair in Saigon, Vietnam, now it's my shoes.

From being in Chiang Mai many times before I remembered this shoe repair guy near Chiang Mai Gate. But that was eight years ago! Was he still there? What were the chances?

 

He was in full operation!

He was in full operation!

Obviously he was and after taking one look at my shoe he said "glue no good, I stitch"

This man has been working at this same location in the same 10 square feet of space for a decade. And he has a thriving business!

Poking holes by hand with his awl

Poking holes by hand with his awl

First he puts his own glue on the shoe and then he starts the process of hand stitching the entire shoe.

Checking out the status of the gluing on the other shoe

Checking out the status of the gluing on the other shoe

Then he works on the second.

 

Punching holes with his awl on the second shoe

Punching holes with his awl on the second shoe

The shoe man is preparing the second shoe for stitching by hand punching holes through tops and bottoms. About 1 hour and 70 Baht (about $2USD) later, I have my shoes back and in excellent working condition!

My pair of shoes

My pair of shoes

With my flat tire fixed, I was on the road again!

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

Retire Early Lifestyle appeals to a different kind of person – the person who prizes their independence, values their time, and who doesn’t want to mindlessly follow the crowd.

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