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Posted on Mar 17, 2013

Part Four: It’s A Good Week, No?

Part Four: It’s A Good Week, No?

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You walked in on act four dummy! You should read

And then you’ll totally know what’s going on in our lop-sided attempt to smoothly land back on our beloved Koh Rong Island, the one place we’ve deemed worthy of backtracking too. We love Koh Rong Island that much, and love the honor of working with the Koh Rong Dive Center even more.

You know, you can have bad days, tough moments anywhere on the globe and the fact that Take Two of Island Life was a rough landing does not in any way take away the magic and wonder of this tropical paradise. In Act Four, you’ll see how our tough beginnings are turning around to blessings, love, light, and the ability to breathe.  We’ll also reveal the simplest way in the world to prevent a rough landing on our island paradise.

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All we own

In Which We Pushed Ourselves To Cover Too Much Distance In Zero Time

Kobi and I do not like night buses. Our kids love them.

Kobi and I do not like to move a lot because transportation is never really comfortable. Our kids love moving cuz we buy them more junk food and they get to meet cool backpackers who play cards with them and become instant friends on the move.

Kobi and I also do  not like to move a lot because it costs a lot, it exhausts us, and it takes us time to readjust and get back into a normal sleeping, studying, working, exercising, enlightened living pattern. The kids, you know, they get to miss school, go to sleep at odd hours, and don’t have to do dishes or make their beds or anything.

So, Kobi and I ingeniously thought we’d just get all that travel drudgery out of the way in one fail swoop. Oops.

We woke up at 5am to be on time for the 7 am bus from Phnom Penh, arrived in Sihanoukville at 12:30, and were on the two hour ferry ride at 2:00 to Koh Rong Islands. We munched on something insignificant for breakfast, gulped down a two-minute-noodle soup on a lunch-stop, and walked the sandy beach for hours looking for a place to sleep. And because we were in route all day, we again chose the dehydration headaches above the ever-fun gotta-pee-an-hour-ago-but-the-driver-won’t-stop scenario. So, it wasn’t fun.

In Which I Want To Bring Light

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I realize that a lot of things happened to us in those first two days, including sleeping on shit which I have decided not to get into even. It was not nice. It was sticky and exhausting and I think I’ve made it clear how much I love to share the truth, unspoken sides of family travel. But, but, but I also realize now in part four that continuing to tell you in minute details each next break-down is over-kill. That’s not who I am or why I’m on this earth.

Yes, I’m here to make people laugh at how normal they are.

Yes, I am here to inspire others to make their dreams come true, including travel.

Yes, I am here to help people not be scared, to laugh, and to know that they can do whatever it is they set their minds on doing, also if it’s overcoming their greatest pains.

I’m not here to depress you or make excessive drama over shit that happens. It happened and we’ve moved on. If I smoked or drank, I would have had a good one of either for getting over it, but I don’t so I’ll just do a happy dance. right. now.

In Which You Can Prevent All The I’ve Said Above

With the very rare occasion, everywhere in the world, until this point, we arrive and wing it. Even that first night when we’re clueless, we come, explore, find, and move in. You can’t do that on a tropical island with limited accommodation choices. Here, you simply make a reservation in advance and avoid the entire, messy ordeal.

To prevent all of this happening to you, I would suggest three things:

1- Break up your travel so that you’re not stuffing an all day, all night, all sanity is lost move-a-thon when you get to your next destination. We still do that from time to time, but know, in advance, that it will leave you all wiped out and much weaker to deal with the natural bumps on the world travel road.Our kids are so very patient with us but not all kids will be.

2- If it’s a remote location or a super expensive place, book in advance. We loved the Coco Bungalows at our first stay on the island. I don’t think you’ll find a more feel-that-cool-tropical-spoiled feeling anywhere for that reasonable price.   You can get a room with two queen-size beds and a private bath for $20-$30 a night (depending on the season).

Closing Thoughts

I’m contemplating what delish food the Koh Rong Dive Center is dishing up for lunch today. I’m seriously surprised, in a good way, how amazing their food is. So far, we’ve had mashed potatoes with some chicken mix, crepes with fresh fruit, spaghetti with meat sauce to die for, and tonight, we’re making the gang Israeli Shak-shuka! If you have not had Dahnya’s shakshuka, you really have not lived. So, tell me what you think of this little mess of ours. I’m waiting, still.

The Good Week Series:

Gabi


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