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The Best of the Nomadic Family Travel Blog 2013- The Three Most Miserable RTW Travel Posts

The Best of the Nomadic Family Travel Blog 2013- The Three Most Miserable RTW Travel Posts

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So, everyone is all into this celebratory mood! Merry Christmas! Happy Hannukah! Happy New Year! And while I don’t think these are perfect excuses to convince the masses to buy so-way-deep-into-it-that-they-can’t-get-their-heads-out-anymore consumerism, I do believe that every day is the perfect Now Day to celebrate our lives. I do like the idea of using any and every feasible excuse to reflect and breath deeply and say ‘thank you’. And not just a feeble, kinda shy ‘thank you’ but a stand naked on the roof top with your hands way out there and look up at the heavens and yell “THANK YOU!” And so,  there are endless blessings and a bottomless ocean of miracles unfolding before me at every given moment, and I wanted to give you/share/show off/reflect what I think are a few of those moments that I have been somehow able to capture and bring live.

And so… (I love starting sentences with ‘and’ and ‘so’… what does that say about me?) I’ll be your lovely host through the best, the worst, the ugliest, the funniest, the most dangerous, the most blessed, and the oddest moments of 2013. In this post, we’ll start with those worst moments. And so [note: I’m doing it again…] The Best of the Nomadic Family Travel Blog 2013- The Three Most Miserable RTW Travel Posts

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Cuz We’re Alive Today 2013 Video Greeting 

And To kick off our private awards ceremony….

The Nomadic Family Project, the documentary film crew following us around the world for whatever God-given insane reason, has created this adorable one minute and ten second 2013 Gift! LOOOOOOOOOVE it. I’m all inspired watching it, and thinking, “Yeah, I want to live this way!” and yes, sometimes, I do and you do and we all do, and sometimes we forget, and then, and then, and then, we remember, because angels swoop down and new holograms appear and we re-create the story to make us remember that God-damn it WE’RE ALIVE TODAY!

2013’s Top 3 Most Miserable You-Make-Me-Seriously-Doubt-That-I-Want-To-Travel Moments

3- MARCH 2013: CAMBODIA

Part One: Son- Fondled, Slept- In a Bar, Living- Literally On Shit: It’s A Good Week, No?

[above, the title is the link to the post. below, an excerpt]:

Yes, I will admit that these past 30 hours have been more than I can handle. I’ve cried myself to sleep two nights in a rowlulled the kids to sleep to the drunkard cheers and the speakers of CoCo’s Bar  massaging our butts, and have repeated “Anicca, anicca, anicca” more times than I can remember.

So, where should we begin? With our son being felt up, twice? Our parenting hall of fame putting-the-kids-to-bed-in-a-bar night? Or, breathing sewage pipes’ shit all day? (Breathing is so overrated.) Clearly, another point against us in Why Don’t You Get A Real Job and Stop Abusing Those Kids. Shit.

2- JUNE 2013; PHILIPPINES

The Reality of Family Life on the Road- Rain for the Limping Soul- Philippines

[above, the title is the link to the post. below, an excerpt]:

She reminds me to stop and note that I, too, am a part of this natural world, that I too am rain.

And so, it is with great joy in my heart that I share with you that it’s raining here in MoalBoal, Philippines, and all that stuckness from the miserable Country #12 Contest post and the detailed family misery in When You and Your Family Are Falling Apart has washed away. Like the rain. We thought we were homeless again, and now we’re not; we thought we were spiraling into perpetual lostness, and now we’re not; we thought we were sick of being the nomadic family, and now we’re not.Have a seat friends. I’ll boil the water.

1- OCTOBER 2013: NEPAL

I Need A Vacation- When You Just Want Something Else, Somewhere Else, Somehow, and Now

[above, the title is the link to the post. below, an excerpt]:

I don’t want any more cold showers. I don’t want to brush my teeth, my face, my body, my dishes, nor my food with brown water. I don’t want to sleep in any more tarantula- infested attics, nor in dilapidated wooden shacks sweltering in heat and decorated with mosquitoes as thick as fog. I don’t want to share my bedroom with the neighbor’s cats who have taken the area under my kids’ bed for a litter pan. I don’t want sand flies, or drunk drugged people around me. I don’t want to hold the computer up just so to get internet and I don’t want to eat junky, starchy, white-floured processed foods because I can’t find or can’t afford the healthy alternatives. I don’t want breathe the stench of public toilets that make me vehemently gag.

A Huge Favor For Me Loves

If you do go and read any of these posts and if you have any thoughts, reactions, feelings, or want to just tell me what you ate for lunch, please do so. Sometimes, I feel like I’m writing out there to cyber-nothing, which is fine too, because I know I’m not and even if I am the energy of my thoughts are out, but, really, really, really, really I love knowing what reactions my work has on others. And so [here’s the ‘and so’ again] if you read anything and could tell me your thoughts, I would deeply appreciate it loves.

And The Countdown Continues with…..

Our next post will share 2013’s most joyful moments of the year.

Until then, tell me how you feel, what’s up and what’s the point. I feel it’s all about learning on Earth School, and apparently, for me, flunking the same grade over and over and over again, but I’ll get it! No, I am getting there!

HAPPY 2014!

Gabi, Kobi, Solai, Orazi, and Dhanya

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We’re out doing crazy stuff and making our dreams come true, every single one of them, and a few more that sort of flew into our mouths while we were smiling into the wind. Should you like what we are doing as a family, BUY AN EBOOK to support us, share this, tell any media source or local newspaper, leave a comment. Your footprint makes all the difference in the world friends. Gracias!

Gabi and Kobi, Dahnya, Orazi, and Solai

And, sweet new news loves:  In addition to parenting, family life and trauma therapy, Gabi is now offering Make Your Dreams Come True/We Wanna Travel But.. Coaching too. Engage with Gabi!

 

 

 

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  1. Wow. I’m new to your blog, but these experiences sound amazing – minus the cold showers and tarantulas.

    • i maggie. welcome dear, welcome to the blog. so happy you stopped by and that you were sweet enough to leave a comment. thank you. cold showers are actually pretty amazing once you get used to them and if it’s really hot outside! 🙂 can you find us on fb, so we can follow your rothbabyblog.blogspot.com adventures too? gabi

  2. I’m imagining that these experiences, because they haven’t resulted in complete and utter destruction, have endowed superpowers upon you all. 🙂 Thank you for writing and sharing!

    • henry. how sweet of you to take the time to comment. i must go check out fotoeins now. like us on fb so we can follow you more. and we’ve been totally, totally endowed with superpowers man! 🙂

      • Hi, Gabi and all. I realized I hadn’t gotten to your FB page, which I’ve done so now. I hope you’ll kindly go over to my FB page, too. Here’s to maintaining those superpowers!

  3. Great piece about the not-so-great side of travel! You always tell it like it is!

    • hi liz! thank you for sharing it dear one. yes, how else could i possibly tell it? like it isn’t? 🙂 thank you for supporting that rawness. gabi

  4. Great post; it’s interesting and important to document the ‘less-great’ aspects of travel so that you can reflect upon them. It also helps to let those who aren’t on the road realise that it’s not all fun!

    • amy! it’s been a while love. yes, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies, and that’s a part of travel we often forget to put in. thank you for sharing dear. gabi

    • thank you cat. and thank you for sharing on google+. will you teach me how to do that one day. i want to grow my google+ but haven’t the slightest idea how, why, where, and mostly, again, why. let’s get the crap out of the way to let the other things shine. 🙂 gabi

  5. Oh, the ups and downs of traveling. I love that underneath it all you always stay positive and stay true to your essence!

    • underneath it all is me, and you, and love, right? i love you and your essence dear one. thank you for using words i love. gabi

  6. Love this! Loved the video, love what you guys are doing and wish I would have thought to do it when my kids were young. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    • hi bethaney dear. it’s been a while. i’ve missed you. yes, boring we are not. hugs to you and happy new year. gabi

  7. Ahh, the joys of travel! Here’s to making more memories (good, bad, and ugly!!) in 2014!;-)

    • hi jess! yes! thank you for commenting. good bad and ugly. oh, look up on the blog ‘ugly gifts too’. you’d love that one. i hope you find us on fb for we’d love to follow more of usedyorkcity! gabi

  8. I feel you about writing out there to cyber-nothing and yes you’re not so don’t worry ;D

    Happy new year and cheers to more success this 2014!

    • HEY DJ! how are you? cyber-nothing huh? you’ve been there? thank you for saying hi. happy new year to you friend.

  9. Gabi, always a great read. It’s funny, though, that it’s all the spectacularly horrible things that make the funniest travel stories isn’t it?

  10. I like your information. I have been looking for this type of information that is interesting and good, Thanks again and looking forward for your post on making more

  11. Yikes, having a child felt up would certainly make me doubt the travel lifestyle. Fortunately, I know there are also a ton of positive experiences. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Wow, amazing …
    I like your family photo … i love your smile — a happy family.

    I hope you more success in 2014. God bless

    warm regard

    eloratour

    • thank you so much eloratour. thank you. please find us on fb so that we may share your blog with others.

  13. I know these posts as I know those feelings. Sometimes it’s HARD. And no, I will not shut up about it and coat everything in pink fluffy unicorns, because I,like you, believe in keeping it real. I’ve wandered lately, taken a different route as I got sucked into “the business”, but I’m back.

    • i know you know them. no pink fluffy unicorns here. glad we both share this non-commercial sucky side of the family travel lifestyle. so what are you back to dear. the boys, blogging from passion, life balance? tell me. proud of you. you know i even left our little intimate group cuz all the talking was about stats and numbers and marketing and i felt jealous/lost/detached/ and that it was not what i wanted to fill my lungs with passion, so i walked away. i love you alyson.

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