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Posted on Nov 6, 2013

You Ask, We Answer: Five Tidbits of Family Travel Blog Life From the Hood- Goa, India

You Ask, We Answer: Five Tidbits of Family Travel Blog Life From the Hood- Goa, India

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So, I’ve become a rather unsocial creature. I enjoy my online friends so much because I love interacting with people who really get my frequency (which is less and less as the years go by). There are people who reply to the blog posts, comment on Facebook, and just let me know “Gabi, I’m here for you, witnessing your life with you. And, with the acne and the hiccups, I love you.” That’s really important to me.

And so, I’ve gotten ‘from the hood’ some great questions about family travel life on the road, and I thought to me-self, “Self, share some of insider tidbits of your life with people who care and are sincerely curious. Share,” yes, so I will. The following are five little tidbits about our family travel blog life. These tidbits include what we appreciate, what we do, how we organize our money, why we choose Goa, India as home for the next six months, and how’s our health going.

So, let’s dance, shall we?

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What We Appreciate

  • So much. Many strangers came forth with no agenda of their own and took us around to see tons of homes. It warms your heart how people step forward when you’re new to town and need to find North. We appreciate that.
  • Kobi bought me a little off-white woven bag and filled it with The Power of Now, cash, Odomos bug cream, sunglasses, and my reading glasses. Oh, I love this guy.
  • The kids are doing all of the chores on their new chore chart for the most part with enthusiasm and fervor. You’ll read more about it in the next section when I answer what we do all day.They are also fighting and complaining tons less this week. I swear I deeply believe the chores, a slight sense of purpose and contribution does them a world of good.
  • Instead of buying a trashcan, Kobi made one. I love that. Let’s be kinder to the environment and now purchase more plastic to create a trash. Am only I seeing the irony of it all? So he took a 5-liter water jug, cut it in half, and put a plastic bag into it. Ta-da! A trash. Or, just now, Kobi cut the incense box into an incense holder instead of going to purchase one. I love his creative environmental-conscious role-modeling for our children.
  • Time to meditate and do yoga which Kobi and the kids are truly respecting. I appreciate me doing that first and foremost and giving it the number one priority in my life so that it happens. Yes, so many distractions but no, I will not be wooed to all else, but first to that which is most precious to me.

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  • The Nomadic Family Project film crew Angela, Noah, and Erin and all that they are. They worked like crazy, under unearth-y conditions to record us during the Annapurna Circuit and into our transition to India. They left earlier this week, and, yes, we miss them dearly.
  • We’re still playing Cabo (or Cambio) card game and loving it. I love playing games with my family, and laughing, we’re doing that a lot lately. Just the five of us. Kobi makes us all laugh and we all do I love that.
  • The love of Diwali celebrations here.
  • Sweet man with glasses and a soft pink scarf just knocked at our door asking for donations for Indian children. He also collects sheets, clothing, soap, and food. We gave a donation and bowed to each other in thank you. I deeply appreciate him and him allowing our family to feel a part of helping that.

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What We’re Doing All Day

  • We’re on a school vacation this week. So, we were going to go back to Gokarna’s Kudle Beach but stayed to spend a few more days with our dear friends Amir and Shani and their three kids. We’ll spend the rest of our vacation days bumming around, going back to Cola Beach, playing cards, and eating long, leisurely meals with our kids. We’re giving the kids tons of lax computer and movie time. We’re listening to a lot of music on the amazing stereo system Sam left for us and dancing again. Thank you Gods above.
  • Kobi ordered unlimited wi-fi for the house. So, with no more of the unreliable internet stick service, we’re excited to start downloading e-books from the Houston Public Library, downloading movies we want to see, and uploading movies to our YouTube channel. Kobi and I are so excited to get some online projects going and with the kids back in school next week, we’re gearing up to sailing full throttle. Good stuff happens when the cosmic dust settles.
  • Chores: This week Solai has breakfast every morning, all of the dishes (except everyone washes their own), and calling the I Love You Circle. Orazi has wiping table and counter, sweeping the dining room and house, reminding everyone to turn off fans and lights when they leave the rooms. Dhanya has dinner every night, clearing the table and counter (including putting left over food into the fridge), andย  reminding everyone to pick up wet towels. Good stuff.
  • Another post about what we do all day that is highly entertaining!

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How We Organize Our Money

  • We’ve been carrying around $1000 in traveler’s cheques since March 2011. Haven’t used them and I don’t even think we can use them in India.
  • We basically use the ATM in the neighboring town Chawdi for all the money we need.
  • We’ve heard the pharmacist at PAI, across from the one and only super market does cash advances and that he is trust-worthy and reasonable. We’ll check it out and see if it saves us any money.
  • We’re still trying to figure out how to manage our money in the best way. We want something convenient, which our bank in Israel has not been, so we’re looking for international money transfer options so we know we are safe when money is needed. We’ll let you know how that goes.
  • We’ve been spending a bit too much lately: $1000 for the school, $1200 for flight tickets, $375 for visas, $500 for rent, another couple of thousands on motorbike rental, all the additions we needed to make living in this home all we wanted (including a juicer, chopper, grill toaster, sheets, and more). So, we plan to eat out twice a week and settle into a more calm, money-efficient life again.
  • We’ll keep talking about money all the time. In the meantime, read some of the best money posts we have including: The Ying Yang of Living Without, Nine Answers to Your Toughest Financial Questions, and How Do You Afford RTW Travel Transportation?

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Why Drug-Infested, Party-Town Goa, India?

We’ve been asked this several times. And while I am doing neither of the two, I am relishing in the joys of living in Goa. I think we’ve lived on so many islands and done so much diving around the world, that we’re a bit beached out. Therefore, we’ve vacationed joyfully in Kudle Beach, Gokarna and today, go twice a week to see the ocean with great enthusiasm. Everyone around us lives at the beach; we visit as our soul asks for it. I’ve gone walking alone for exercise a couple of times. Love it!

Why Goa? Because of the Waldorf-inspired Vidya Aranya School which we wanted our kids to be a part of. That’s it.

Goa is much more expensive than most of the rest of India. She is also more sheltered, with no poor people begging in the streets but tons of expats and long-term travelers making it a vibrant community of Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Italian, and English speakers who entertain our hearts and minds.

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How’s Our Health Going?

  • It’s good and getting better all the time.
  • I’m investing more and more time (finally!) in walking every day and doing yoga and meditation daily. Some days I give it two hours, some days one, but every day, it takes a huge priority and happens. Most days I also read or write for about an hour, which does my soul wonders. I’m listening to lectures that fill my soul too
  • We’ve bought a juicer and our fridge is packed with fruits and veggies. Packed!
  • I’m back to eating about 60-70% raw food every day and that feels great again.
  • Mentally, the work is doing good for all the relationships in the house. I’m madly in love with Kobi and deeply in admiration and love with all three of our kids. That is a great feeling. When I feel overwhelmed and broken (which still happens), I find that I get out o fit a lot faster and with more light.
  • Kobi and I have discussed me spending the month of January at an ashram. I think that will be amazing for my learning/healing journey. There’s tons more details of my health journey and how bad it was, and how it’s all going on GabiKlaf.com. You can read it joyfully there.

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  • The rest of the family is healthy and happy. I would love them all to join me with more passion to the health side but I’m trying give them the space to decide how to run their own lives. I’m the health nut, Kobi’s the sugar daddy, and together, we’re figuring out the bumpy road to a balanced healthy family life together.

And…

I’m having a great day.

I just asked a friend to bring me a 1000 piece puzzle that we all dearly want in our lives. I told you how sick I am of brown water and too much discomfort and how that puzzle means the world to me. We’re in love with our new house, the landlords which treat us like family, and our new lives here. It’s nice to have that space from each other and into ourselves.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. How is your life in tidbits today. What you’re doing all day. How it rolls in your side of the hood. I’m listening. Or, just smile, right about now, yes, now, and I’ll get that too. I’m good that way. I don’t expect anything from anyone (except from the five of us) socially or otherwise, and that way, you’re free to do not what you think you are obliged to do, but only what your soul really bring desires to do.

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Be free. I’m going that way, one step at a time.

So much love,

Gabi

 

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  1. It’s so interesting to read what you do every single day! Love hearing what you two and the kiddos get up to.

    • cat, i love you. i do. you are so that person who follows and comments and loves me. thank you. you are such a dear. we hope to see you in spain in a few years. :-) hugs to you, and thank you for finding our daily chug interesting. you are such a dear. gabi

  2. Hello nomadics! Big hug for all of you from Cambodian incredible beaches! Teo send a hug to his dear friend Oracci :) Love and happiness!

    • hola amor. como estan? que lindo! la familia junto en las playas de cambodia! mi encanta y los extranos mucho. yo lei eso a oracio y el estaba mucho contento por eso. gracias. amor y felicidades a ustedes tambien. los esperamos a usted. saluable completo a tu marido. gabi y la familia

  3. Hellooo! We’re still on the travel treadmill, Malacca today, Legoland on the weekend, KL next week, Sri Lanka after that. It IS hard. It’s a lot of work and some days I’d happily go home, but, y’know, that’s how it goes. As an old Goa hand I’m deeply envious, love India and Goa. At least we’re getting loads of delicious Indian food here in Malaysia. Take care :)

    • hi love. alyson, moving like crazy is exhausting. isn’t it funny how the ‘ideal’ lifestyle when you move too fast becomes too heavy to see the pure joy of. legoland is very young and the trees will not provide you shade. bring umbrellas to keep you out of the heat all day. enjoy it. we’re off to sri lanka after india. can’t wait to read about it. yeah, goa is pretty special. maybe we’ll see you here love. omg, malaysia does have the best indian food. i know! thanks love, gabi

  4. Oh, I loved hearing about you receiving the puzzle. I should totally try and find one for us this Christmas. We do an annual giant puzzle as a family every year around Christmas. This will be our first Christmas away from family as we travel. You’ve given me a new shopping mission! THANKS!

    I’ve been meaning to send you a PM for ages and query you on how the Nepal trek went. I’ve tried searching your blog but couldn’t find what I was looking for. Friends have raved about’ the circuit’. What did you think? How long did it take you guys? Any superb highlights/major downers? I really want to do it…hubby is not sold on it yet. We were thinking March/April’ish. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

    All the best in Goa! Happy travels.

    S

    • hi sonja dear. so nice to hear from you again. it’s been a while- a month? yes? puzzles mean the world to us- the 1000 piece family-bonding thing is only since the kids are old enough to handle it maturely and we are so loving that, and playing games with them, that challenge and entertain us as well as them. great to have time to be with our kids as they grow.

      i will write to more about nepal. i will. you can find a lot of it hinted here: http://thenomadicfamily.com/2013/10/the-competition-of-life-win-a-week-in-dakhla-family-travel-blog-perks/. took us 17 days total. no, i would never do it with kids. view was amazing but the fear of watching our children fall to their death on foot, on horses, on jeeps, and in top-heavy mini-vans was maddening. day after day pushing for 7-9 hours a day. exhausting. that sums it up for us.

      will share more later. i promise. thank you dear. tell me how you are. gabi

  5. Love this. If you are in gokarna- please please buy me 3 lungis with border. White ones.
    I promise to bring you the puzzle!!!

    • oh my story-weaving love. thank you for reading it and loving it. a friend bought some in gokarna and i loved those white ones but didn’t realize they were exclusive for gokarna. if we go, i promise to buy you three. they are lovely for shabbat table clothes and a million other things. i cannot tell you how important the puzzle is for us love. thank you. see you soon, gabi

  6. i love puzzles – glad you found one! and also glad you’ve found such a great community!

    • thank you dear jessie. my dearest friend lauren will be bringing me one, and our dearest friends jeff and sharo will be bringing us another. I cannot wait. And yes, we’ve found a community we want to stay in. Thank God. We needed that. Thanks for being there jessie! GAbi

  7. Everyone looks so happy, Gabi. Sending so much love to your family on this soul journey. So glad that your health is doing better and it brings me to tears to see the love and admiration you have for your kids!

    • THank you love. VAl, you are there You are one of the precious unicorns I was talking about who get me, love me, witness my life, and I’d like to add, can spend endless hours discussing with me exactly what my soul loves most. Thank you love. My kids are pretty remarkable, amazing little people. Thank you for reminding me, again, how precious a gift I have been given. Gabi

      • I am so blessed to have a fellow unicorn in my life, Gabi. So much love and gratefulness I have for you! xo

        • i’m nudging my heart and doing that adorable ‘heeeeeeeemmmmm’ snort that horses (and unicorns) do to each other. i know you heard it. i love you val. give your shaman a hug from me. gabi

  8. We also download books from our home library. Glad you and family are enjoying Goa.

    • hi kathryn. thanks for writing. we’re still waiting for the wi-fi guy. every day they say ‘tomorrow’ but as soon as we get it, we’re soooo excited to start using the library finally. thank you dear. very excited to be here. oh, and i love, love, love your website’s name and your work. please like the nomadic family in facebook and i’ll share your stuff. looooooove that name. omg, love it. gabi

  9. Just reading about your experiences with your family inspires me and warms my heart! Isn’t it amazing what our children learn while immersing themselves in other cultures? And not just the children, of course! We too can gain so much from meeting new people and truly experiencing another land. This is my first introduction to your blog and I am excited to follow your journey. All the best, Colleen

    • hi colleen. welcome!!! so happy you found us. please tell me how you stumbled upon us. i’m truly honored. yes, it is amazing what we’re all learning being out there in the world. i’m sure we were learning back home too but something huge rips open when you’re out there and vulnerable to the world of unknowns and new. love to hear more of your adventures. find us on facebook so we can stay more in touch, and please, please always leave comments so i’ll know you’ve been around. welcome again colleen. the more you read, the more you’ll be a bit shocked what i put out there. so, sit tight. :-) gabi ps: where are you guys in the world today?

  10. Hi great kobi and Gabi!
    we love you. you are big inspiration for us.
    We thank you for the photo! it was such a nice feeling to see us whole together
    I really injoyed reading and planning to catch up with other posts back in the past….very good writing, Gabi!
    so we’re back in israel….and as the saying on the shirts says, it is really better in goa
    amir and shani

    • wow, we miss you guys so much. glad you liked the photo. it is a really great one. we love you and miss you. orazi looked at the pictures with johnatan and sighed. i love it that you are reading. read I know nothing and 99 other things the road has taught me right here: http://thenomadicfamily.com/2012/11/i-know-nothing-and-99-other-things-the-road-has-taught-me/ please leave me comments whenever you go, cuz it helps us so much and i want to know where you’ve been. so, how is life in israel? goa still misses you. you’ll be so proud of me. i walked with the kids to the evening beach spot. once i ignored everyone and walked and then, and then, and then, the next day, i talked with everyone, with sharon and sandra, and sheli, and galia and everyone around me and I WAS SOCIAL!!! i know! and it was nice! I KNOW!!! we all have places to grow! love you, gabi

  11. Nice to see your family healthy and happy, Gabi. India can be rough, but I guess Goa is different from the northern cities. Hope to read more of your Goa stories soon, and how your kids are adjusting to it!

    • hello dearest aleah. i’ve missed you around here. thank you. we are very excited to be here in calmer goa. we need a safe nest for a while. hugs, gabi

  12. Gabi, it’s been a while! I’ve missed your posts the last little bit. Like you, I’m the health nut in our family, and I’m always trying hard not to “push” the healthy food too hard, and let my kids eat good, healthy stuff because they love it, and it’s so good for them, instead of because they “have to”. Most days, it works out well, but I do have to admit that we eat a few Oreos, too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Oh Gabi, you always make me smile. I am so thrilled you are carving out the “you” time each day. I so need to do that. I get up, take care of everyone and then jump into the “work” world on line and blogging. I really need to schedule time to work and then it won’t be all of the time. I am glad you all have a chance to slow down and just be.

    • heidi, making your smile is one of my favorite things in life dear. i am carving me time cuz if me ain’t happy, i can’t give happiness to those i love. me time is so vital for me right now. this is the time i dreamed of. not moving, no arrangements to make, kids in school, time for me to be and learn and grow. this is my time love. tell me how the scheduling goes- said the woman currently up at 1:30am online cuz she had her second cup of coffee in three months at night (genius) and there’s no way this momma is going to bed anytime soon. love you, gabi

  14. It was so sweet of Kobi to get you The Power of Now. I got a lot out of the book and I hope you do too.

    • thank you so much mary. tried to read it about 6 years ago and could not. i guess i wasn’t ready. reading it now cuz i’m ready. loving it. thanks for the comment dear!

  15. dear dear sweet Gabi. I love your soul. You make me want to be better.

    I love your hood! Sounds like it’s fantastic!

    We’re on the one month count down to towards lift off on our ‘living in another countryโ€ฆ.for a while’ adventure. I’m excited. Maybe i’ll find this “madly in love” feeling again that i’m missing. Missing so much.

    Cheers friend :)

  16. hey gab, so glad you’re still loving goa, and everyone is settling into their lives in harmony. god, i miss it! the chores list sounds amazing, so proud of the kids for their independence and help around the house. you are all so lucky to have each other! we miss and talk about you guys often, i can’t wait ’til we meet again. also, the pictures you have of us are great! especially the one on the horses. i don’t have any pics of me on the horse, can you post them on our nfp facebook page? thank you!

    all my love! angela

  17. ื’ื‘ื™!
    ื‘ืืžืช ื ื—ืžื“ ืœืฉืžื•ืข ืคื™ืจื•ื˜ ื›ื–ื” ืฉืœ ื”ื—ื™ื™ื ืฉืœื›ื.
    ื’ื ืื ื™ ืœื ืžื‘ื™ื ื” ืืช ื”ืงื˜ืข ืฉืœ ืœืžื—ื–ืจ ืื ื–ื” ืื•ืžืจ ืฉืฆืจื™ืš ืœื”ื‘ื™ื ื‘ืงื‘ื•ืงื™ื ืœื‘ื™ืช ื”ืกืคืจ ืื– ื”ื™ืœื“ื™ื ืžื‘ืงืฉื™ื ืžื”ื”ื•ืจื™ื ืœืงื ื•ืช ื™ื•ืชืจ ื•ืื– ื”ื ืฉื•ืชื™ื ื–ื‘ืœ! ื•ืื– ืžื‘ื™ืื™ื ืœื‘ื™ืช ื”ืกืคืจ. ืฆืจื™ืš ืœื”ืคืกื™ืง ืœืงื ื•ืช ืžื™ืฅ ืžื’ืขื™ืœ. ื‘ืงื™ืฆื•ืจ, ืฆืจื™ืš ืœืจื›ื•ืฉ ื›ืžื” ืฉืคื—ื•ืช ื›ื“ื™ ืœื ืœื–ื”ื ืืช ื”ืกื‘ื™ื‘ื”. ื›ืœ ื”ื›ื‘ื•ื“ ืœืงื•ื‘ื™!
    ืขืžื™ ื”ืชืคื˜ืจ ืžื”ืขื‘ื•ื“ื” ื‘ืขืžื™ืขื“ ื•ืžื—ืคืฉ ืืช ืขืฆืžื•. ื”ื•ื ืžืขื•ืœื ืœื ื”ื™ื” ืžืื•ืฉืจ ื›ืœ ื›ืš ื›ืžื• ืขื›ืฉื™ื•. ื”ื•ื ื”ื™ื” ื›ืžื” ืคืขืžื™ื ื‘ื’ื•ืื” ื›ืฉื”ื•ื ืขื‘ื“ ื‘ื”ื•ื“ื•, ืื‘ืœ ืžื›ื™ื•ื•ืŸ ืฉื”ื•ื ื›ื‘ืจ ืœื ืขื•ื‘ื“ ื‘ืขืžื™ืขื“ ื”ื•ื ืœื ื™ื›ื•ืœ ืœื‘ืงืจ ืื•ืชื›ื…
    ืื ื™ ืœืžื“ืชื™ ื‘ืฉื™ื˜ืช ืžื•ื ื˜ืกื•ืจื™, ืื— ืฉืœื™ ืฉื ืืช ื”ื™ืœื“ื™ื ื‘ื‘ื™ืช ืกืคื ืื ื˜ืจื•ืคื•ืกื•ืคื™. ื‘ืกื•ืฃ ื›ื•ืœื ื• ื ืฆื ื™ื•ืชืจ ื˜ื•ื‘ื™ื!
    ื‘ื”ืชื—ืœื” ื—ืฉื‘ืชื™ ืฉืจืง ืกื•ืœื™ื™ ื”ืฉืชื ืชื” ื›ืœ ื›ืš ื”ืจื‘ื”, ื”ื™ื ืžืžืฉ ืฆืžื—ื” ื•ื”ืชืืจื›ื”, ื›ื‘ืจ ืœื ื™ืœื“ื” ืงื˜ื ื”. ืืš ืœืื—ืจ ืžื‘ื˜ ื™ื•ืชืจ ื‘ื•ื—ืŸ, ืฉืžืชื™ ืœื‘ ืฉื”ืคื ื™ื ืฉืœ ืื•ืจื–ื™ ื ื”ื™ื• ื™ื•ืชืจ ื’ื‘ืจื™ื™ื. (ื›ืŸ, ื–ื” ืงื•ืจื”) ื•ืฉื“ื ื™ื” ื”ืคื›ื” ืœืื™ืฉื” ืงื˜ื ื” ืœืžืจื•ืช ืฉืจื•ืื™ื ืขื“ื™ื™ืŸ ืืช ื”ื™ืœื“ื” ืฉื‘ื” ื•ื–ื” ื ืคืœื!
    ืื ื™ ืžืชื’ืขื’ืขืช ืžืื•ื“ ื•ืฉืžื—ื” ืฉืืช ื›ืœ ื›ืš ืžืชืคืชื—ืช ื•ืœื•ืžื“ืช, ืชื–ื›ืจื™ ืฉืืคืฉืจ ืœืขืฉื•ืช ืืช ื–ื” ื’ื ื›ืืŸ ื‘ื™ืฉืจืืœ.
    ืชืžืฉื™ื›ื• ืœื”ื ื•ืช, ืื•ื”ื‘ืช

    • have i told you lately how much i love and adore you. i got lucky with you as my friend yael. i did. i love you. gabi

  18. Great post–loved all the details you gave. We too loved Kudle Beach–check out Namaste Rock Cafe for great clean food and a nice family who run it. On Palolem Beach, particularly on the southern end, there are a lovely group of women jewellery salespeople from Karnataka who have insightful stories to tell. If you can find the Moonlight Restaurant (off the beach on the southern end too), they too have great food. Check out our posts on both Gokarna and Palolem for more info on these. Looking forward to more posts on your time there x

    • hi jess! i can’t believe i missed replying to your comment here. i love giving the details dear. it just feels real and it s great online journal/therapy for me. adore kudle beach! we liked namaste too. great. we’ll look up your posts! thank you dear. are we friends in facebook? can you include the links here in case any of our readers want to go to your site themselves? thank you. gabi

  19. I’m going to be backpacking with my boyfriend…should I get a visa or is it not necessary? Also, what’s a good way to be able to have money if needed when you don’t want to carry cash around?

    • hi annabel dear. if you’re coming to india you must get a visa. it’s the most challenging country we’ve ever had to get visas from. if you are from the US, you may be able to get a ten year visa and save yourself a lot of trouble. the visa starts from the day it’s issued so do it last minute. atm’s everywhere. no problem. :-)

      • Thank you so so so much!! We are backpacking from Mexico to Brazil. One day we will make it to India! Have a wonderful day :)

        • you guys rock! tell me when/if you have a blog or fb page and i’ll follow your adventures annabel. oh, and seriously jealous of your mex to braz plans. go slowly ok? slowly than you think is sane. if you love a place, settle for a week_+, it will change everything. can’t wait to hear more. gabi

  20. Nice to see your healthy family. Goa is the land of sun, sand and surf. It becomes more auspacious and special during the carnival.

    • to tell journeymart. when is the next festival you have here in goa? we’d love to know and go. and yes, we looooved it here.

  21. Inspirational. We dream of wandering the world with our babies too, showing them the sights of the world.

    • hi crystal dreamer. thank you for visiting and for taking the time to tell me that you were here. how did you find us. find me on facebook and say hi and i’ll share your magpieandbells with my readers. taht would be wonderful and joyous. thank you. and you will, you will, you will. gabi

  22. Very interesting post!!

    • thank you so much!!!! loved writing it!

  23. Good to read your post. Goa is an ultimate destination for vacationing in India. Glad you and family are enjoying Goa.

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