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Posted on Jun 8, 2013

Country #12 Contest: Where In The World Is The Nomadic Family

Country #12 Contest: Where In The World Is The Nomadic Family

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Yes, so, hiccup. That’s what we’re going through right now. A long, drawn-out bout of the painful kind that burns your nose. And then, there’s Hiccup (How To Train Your Dragon) whose dad yells at him to change. “But you just indicated all of me.” Yes, we feel that way about now. What are we doing wrong and, more accurately, are we doing anything right?

Latest Facebook update says it eloquently:

Country #12: So why haven’t we been online for the passed few days? It takes time to move countries, fall apart, fall apart again, freak out, and do family talks and bonding and find food, and copy, paste, repeat until you feel like you can breathe again. Dahnya said it so nicely: Mom, I think another two days and I’ll be normal again. sweet child. We’re pulling together on this one. Change is lovely but sometimes, it’s just not.

So, Country #12 begins with a bumpy, nauseous take-off, by no fault of her own. She and her people are lovely in every way.  “If being delightful was a crime, you’d be breaking the law” (one of two quotes from a cartoon that cracked us up yesterday). That’s how cute she is.

We’ll be fine. We’re learning, slowly, that nomad-ism ain’t our cup of tea anymore. Stability is. One corner, with privacy and elbow space and routine, works for us. Knowing where the wet market (fruit and veggie market) is, who our friends are, where to get dinner, and what we’re doing tomorrow does us good. Having our stuff, not in a backpack or about to be packed, but on a shelf, in a corner, in ‘my space’ does us good.  Ironically, having studies in the morning is a great indicator that the cosmic dusts are settling. It bonds us, calms us, secures us, for we all know for those hours where we’re supposed to do and what we’re supposed to be doing. So, our new formula for success one spot, with friends for the kids, and space, and occasional adventures and exploration.

That is so easy to accomplish. We just have to stop moving and as we’d made many obligations that took us cross-country at a pace that we’d never stood up to before. It was a whirlwind of fun, but it had it’s natural consequences. Not pretty, but not the end of the world. All learning. All learning.

And you may be going, “Ahh, why’d we even come*?” (the other quote that cracked us up form that cartoon- I’ve explained it at the end of this post. You will die how funny it is- Go look!). “I’ve come to compete in this funny little contest and I get side-slapped with your pitiful detailed sob story of how hard your life is in year three of life on the road.” So, who’s playing the violin for this one, right? But, that’s WHY you like us, cuz we tell it as it is, raw and real, like it really is. And sometimes, it’s suffocatingly desperate and miserable, and sometimes it’s unearthly amazing. But, always, it’s blessed, even if we can’t see it at the time.

So, Country #12** will brighten and lighten our souls, no doubt, as we gain our bearings again. And, *cough* The Country #12 Contest is simple.

You guess in the comments below. I’ll publish all comments once we get six winners. No prize, cuz who am I kidding. My intentions are amazing but my follow-through ain’t so hot. So, you’ll win and you may not love my rinky-dinky little keychain anyhow. So, you’ll just win and be proud of the fact that you played and won. How does some fine intrinsic motivation sound? Do it just to do it, not for a prize, the perfect practice for living a life of purpose and passion, where you are motivated by that which fills you with joy, with no other exterior benefit. Works for me. Works for you? You are just that cool.

The clues this time are in the movie, and some of them are really give-aways (especially if you use Mr.Google for two seconds). You guess in the comments, and if you like our little movie, share this post in all those cute little social media channels, alright?

Good luck!

*So, I have to tell you the “Ahh, why’d we even come?” bit cuz it’s too hysterically funny and we’ve been saying it for the past two days, and will be saying it for years. So there are two police officers, a short, fat, black guy and this tall, gawky-looking, skinny white guy. The black guy is your typical stereo-typed tough Southern cop with his sunglasses, deep voice; the white cop is your typical hasn’t-come-out-of-the-closet sweetheart who coincidentally rings this little bell every time he’s happy, which is often. So, they’re hot on the trail of the criminal and track the trail of candy wrappers to this museum. At the entrance, Southern Belle plastic-looking blonde has handed the black cop a blue balloon, and is saying, of course, in perfect Barbie tones, “I’m sorry sir, we’re all out of pink balloons.” White cop’s shoulders and face sag, and here it comes, “Ahhhh, why’d we even come?”

**People often assume that in month 28 we’d had been to 80 countries. We could have, but what would that prove, that we’re real world travelers. We’re into our sanity, immersing ourselves in communities around the world. Hence, 2 1/2 months US, 2 months Costa Rica ranch, 2 1/2 months Boquete, Panama, 1 month Colombia, 2 months with the indigenous tribe in the jungles of Ecuador, 2 1/2 months Peru, 1 month Thailand, 8 months Cambodia, 1 month Vietnam, 4 months Malaysia, and in almost all of these places we stayed put in one place for the majority of the time. We travel deep, not shallow. I’ve compared world travel to painting with water colors, and that we finger-paint.

 

You like us, share it any place you can. You love us, go tell any magazine or newspaper how awesome we are. No publication is too small. You want to know the insider stuff and all the little juicy details that the public doesn’t get, write me in the comments that you want the newsletter or join the rss, and you’ll be a part of us saying thank you in our own little way

We love you,

Gabi, Kobi, Dahnya, Orazi, and Solai

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37 Comments

  1. Philippines?

  2. My guess is Phillipines. And I’m totally with you, I like my private room here at Back Home, the thought of leaving is filling me with dread at the moment. Where next? No idea, can’t decide, it’s nice here but too expensive for our budget, Thailand is calling.

    • thank you alyson. i adore you to death. i know, leaving backhome is so tough. they are amazing!!!! i’m so happy you could land there, in that nest of love. yes, it’s philippines. you rock! melaka- apartment for a month, maybe we can find two and be neighbors. oh, i would die it would be so amazing. i’ll write to the real estate again tonight and the guy who said he would try to help us. if you are around, and i hope you will be, we can just work on getting two apartments. we’ll help you. easy. you see pics and price and say yes, pay a month or how many weeks you want, and we’re done. that easy. i’ll let you know.

  3. I love the video!

    • oh you are so sweet and can’t vote, dear child, so you’re participating anyway through your lovely comment. thank you friend. if we come way up north to you, unexpectedly, we are dying to meet you. i don’t think we will be, but stranger things have happened and we’d be so honored. thank you galwin, gabi

  4. Philippines

    • you are amazing. right! was it you who said you wanted to learn sign language now? do it. it’s magical.

  5. Oh Gabi I just love your contests. I don’t want to win a prize, I just like to play. I will take a wild guess and go with the Philippines.:-)

    • heidi. i can only hug you again and again and again. no prize. just joy that you got it right love! you rock!

  6. Philippines! 🙂

    • TJ- you are the man! you got it! how did you find us?

  7. What do we win?? I think you are in the Phillipines:) Why are things going so badly? Glad to chat on fb or something if you need:)

    • you win the pride in knowing that you won love. yes, philippines is it! you won! you won! i didn’t know you had been here. no, things go south and then north and then a bit east and west. we’re climbing out now. thank you love.

  8. Philipines!

    • you got it! wow. you’re good. 🙂 thanks for playing tan yih sheng.

  9. Gypsy Fish says “Enjoy the Philippines” xoxo to you all!

  10. Gypsy Fish says “Enjoy the Philippines” xoxo to you all

    • no way. ro-boat-a. oh we love you. clearly gypsy fish is smarter than little ole you cuz he knew and you, well…. you have lot to learn from him. we miss you dearly and every time we go somewhere that is offering jobs to backpackers who want to settle down, we all say, ‘oh roberta would be perfect for this!’ we love you.

  11. Beautifully written once again Gabi. I hope all settles for you soon, 2 more days, yah. We’ve been moving to quickly and feel the need to slow down. We came here for 4 days now has been 12, just found out that because of visas we will probably stay here another week or so, and breathe and rest. I totally get this at times: “fall apart, fall apart again” haha. Love this too “But, always, it’s blessed, even if we can’t see it at the time.” Keep on keeping on. Love and light

    • people are loving your photographs. you are so talented. really. unbelievably so. thank you. and thank you for loving my writing, again. each his own genius right? 🙂 thank you. things are starting to settle already. yeah, moving sucks. 🙂 i love when 4 days become infinitely more. in lima peru, we said we’d stay three night and stayed 2 1/2 months. in siem reap, cambodia we said the same, and stayed 5 months. keep on keeping on. got it. “always, it’s blessed, even if you can’t see it at the time.” oh, and you’ll love this one: http://gabiklaf.com/six-ways-to-regain-sanity-when-you-and-your-family-are-falling-apart/

  12. Philippines! Only coz you told me at the interview! Are you lovelies still in Malaysia?

    • hi gorgeous. we miss you! oh, we so want to see the article you wrote! can you scan it? we’re dying to see it. oh, i will find out the address where we’ll be landing in mid-july when we stop in KL again and then, you can mail it there! no, no, no! maybe you can deliver it to us yourself! that would be amazing! we love you.

  13. I had the same bouts when I moved to Spain – I hated the heat, the flat I rented, the commute to work, that I had no friends. I even hated Facebook for telling me what all of my friends were doing back in Chicago without me. I proved to myself, six years later, that I am more resilient than I thought! There will always be hiccups, so just keep swimming!! Enjoy the Philippines – it’s got some of the Spanish influence you’re dying to experience from what I hear!

    • thank you jessie. and settling in over and over and over again is insane. 🙂 gabi

  14. Oh, Gabi, I know exactly how you feel. We had a crazy couple of months careening through Spain, Morocco, Italy, Portugal, Greece and then Turkey, followed by the TBEX travel blogging conference. It was soooo much fun, but we came back to visit family in Canada, and I swear I just about burst into happy tears at the thought that we could just relax for a few weeks at a time.

    • oh yeah. your adventure sounds amazing and action-packed but sometimes your soul doesn’t want action, right? yeah, i know. hugs to you micki.

  15. Transitions are difficult, no matter how minor, and yours is HUGE! Everyone needs to disconnect sometimes, to get centered and to remember why you’re doing what your doing. Wishing you all the strength in the world as you move forward!

  16. Wow – we’re headed to the Philippines in July too! I’m interested to hear more about your adventures there and how your travels change now you’ve decided to slow down. Have fun!

    • loving the philippines andrew and so will you too, i’m sure. we are loving diving here. heavenly, truly unreal. now we’ve changed plans even more and don’t plan to move for another 2 months- and we can feel the difference. thank you for caring friend. gabi

    • thank you dear. i love the boy in the red shirt!

  17. I visited the Philippines regularly for a couple of years a while back. It was a fascinating, frustrating and ultimately terrific experience — and about as different from Japan, where I was based, as one could imagine. Sounds like you’re discovering the fascinating side.

    • wow. i didn’t know that about you terry. tell me the frustrating parts too. do you have a link to a post or two. i’d love to read it. we love it here. thank you terry, gabi

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