Family Travel Blog Dreams- Biking Through Spain, Italy, France, and Portugal
So, we’re learning a lot about being in the here and now. We’re learning how to fall in love and walk away, how to live fully and joyfully, and then turn the corner into the next unknown. Slowly, we’re learning how to not hold on, not look back, and not look forward too much. Buddhism talks about striving toward your goals but not grasping them too firmly, not focusing all of who you are on that in the future and missing all that is right now. Buddhism, The Power of Now, and family travel life on the road is helping me understand that I can aim towards lots of things in life, but will accept, with grace, whatever happens.
You plan one thing, and another takes place. You want one outcome and the opposite splashes in your face. You hope to smile, and you end up hiccuping- the painful kind. You go out seeking sea turtles and meet a dark abyss of hundreds of thousands of sardines that leaves you in total awe. It’s not better, it’s not bad, it’s what is. And so, we’re counting down the months before we’ll no longer be nomadic, for now.
Excited and Alive
We’re super excited about our days here in Malaysia. Here and now. We’ve got ten or eleven-ish months to go, that we are really excited about. We were freaking out a bit, but then decided to take it with grace. And then, we’re excited about returning to Israel to our family and friends and home. And we had this dream to bike through Europe but didn’t quite know where it fit into our lives. We were excited about it, but totally OK with just leaving it out there to see what it morphed into. And we’re excited about the idea of leaving again for two years to explore and live in Europe (it’s under number four in that article).
So What Will That Dream Look Like?
Of course, I can tell you but we all know that it will turn into something beautiful of its own identity that we simply ride, like a wave, until it tells us to stop. We’ll meet someone who will offer us a job for six months in some hostel (like that job in Russia we almost took) or someone will tell us of some great hotel that wants to work with us and we’ll be off to another country. So, take all of my plans with a grain of salt. I do. We know it will unfold as it does.
And still, What Do You Imagine It Will Look Like?
1- We know we don’t want to be nomadic anymore. Just like we’re registering the kids in the Waldorf-inspired Vidya Aranya school in Goa, India for six months+, we know, we want that stability, those friendships, that structure, and that space for our family. No more wanderings. Not now.
So, we’re planning to settle in Spain in a neighborhood near a home-schooling-type of Waldorf/Democratic/Open/Experimental school. Our kids have never sat in a traditionally classroom. They have never received a grade or taken a test. (And the months in school in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and again in Cambodia were only for social reasons and all the kids copied for them, so that doesn’t count!) We founded this school in Israel (the video is great, and even in Hebrew, you can get how cool it is) and this is the type of educational environment we desire for our kids.
2- We want to explore Europe on the weekends, holidays, and longer vacations. We wanted the kids to be a bit older before we undertook any bicycling. We would like to enjoy it most and hopefully, have whining in the least. (We’re still totally blindly optimistic around here!) So, we hope to bicycle through Europe, or nice chunks of her. More realistically, because we do love the slow pace and love forming relationships as we go, we’ll probably head out to conquer the world and will end up settling in some small town in the first country we bike through.
We’re dreaming of Spain, Portugal, Italy, and France. Drooling over Ireland and Scotland, Denmark, Hollard, Switzerland, and Sweden. We’re really excited about Eastern Europe too. ( I know, I know. We simply won’t live long enough. We’ll need a few lives for this one.)
3- Like with the Annapurna Circuit Hike that we’ll be doing with the film crew in a few short weeks, we won’t be pushing our kids or us to prove anything. We want to have fun and if it’s not fun, we stop. So, we could very possibly, buy the bikes and gear and get ready to go and find that we’re not enjoying it, and sell the bikes a week later. Yes, we’ll try. Yes, we really will, but no, we will not push when we don’t need to. Fun= carry on. Not fun= stop.
4- We know we plan on camping to reduce costs but also know that as we go from the country-side to the bigger cities, we’ll want to dip into some of the nice stuff. We know, for example, that in Portugal, we’re dreaming of staying at a luxurious resort for just a day or two, just to feel that fancy (but, of course, only if we get it sponsored).
But Will It Really Happen?
We’ll take it despacio (‘slowly’ in Spanish), and we’ll see. That’s all I can say and all I know. Will we do it?
Did you know Kobi and I planned to work in Houston, Texas as ice cream truck drivers for one season, and ended up staying for ten years? We planned one thing, and money, community college, university, a vending business, careers, and kids happened.
We don’t know if this dream or the next one will take place. We don’t know if Kobi and I will one day tour the world with one of those tent/cars when the kids are grown up. We don’t know if we’ll die tomorrow. But, in the meantime, we’ll breathe, one breath at a time, and walk towards our own enlightenment, one step at a time, and learn to plan, and let go, and enjoy that which is.
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Thank you dearly,
Gabi, Kobi, Solai, Dahnya, and Orazi
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