You Ask, We Answer: Five Tidbits of Family Travel Blog Life From the Hood- Goa, India
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?
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.
- 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.
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), and reminding everyone to pick up wet towels. Good stuff.
- Another post about what we do all day that is highly entertaining!
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?
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Be free. I’m going that way, one step at a time.
So much love,