Love Around the World Photo Essay- Happy Travel-tine’s Day & Happy Birthday Dahnya- Goa, India
Yes, our first born child blessed us in 2002 on the day of love. And while love to Dahnya is like longing for the German Bakery’s apple crumble, we never really cared for Valentine’s Day- except for that one year (maybe ’98) that I listened to a well-intending girlfriend who got me all heated up that Kobi doesn’t really love me if he didn’t buy me roses, chocolate, and cards for Valentine’s Day. I attacked him all boo-hooing about it and he looked deep into my eyes and said something so simple, yet so profound it changed me for life.
“Do you want me to show you that I love you on Valentine’s Day or would you rather me treat you like an adored princess all year long? Do you want me to wait for some sale and commercialized excuse to spend money that someone else dictates to give you attention? Do you need a dozen roses or a Hallmark card to know how I feel about you?”
Well, needless to say THAT led to some really good sex. And the dawning of a new knowing that I don’t have to accept the invitation to keep up with the Jones, and attend this End of the Year Sale, and buy into another holiday that feeds someone elses’ agenda to make buckos of money off of me and the next naive guy that has been sold that consumerism defines ‘the holiday spirit.’ I Hate Consumerism video shows me melting down in a department store in Lima, Peru, and you actually see the sweat and zits gush out of me in reaction to the pressure of feeling ‘not pretty’.
Five minutes later I met Angel Outside of Consumeristic Hell and felt that my soul had a safe place to remind me who I really was again. She is beyond beautiful.
And so, we’re calling this Travel-tine’s Day because I don’t need a cupid-inspired sale to make me feel love. And we’ll call this Travel-tine’s Day because Kobi made it up and I adore that because let’s celebrate love in the world through travel. Let’s yell from the rooftops “I’m Alive!” and express that freedom in whatever way makes you feel the sun blessing your face. For me and a dozen amazing travel bloggers it’s travel. And so, I proudly present, for your viewing pleasure, our collective gift photo essay of love around the world.
(Some links are to their awesome sites and some to specific posts about Travel and Love. So, check them out loves!)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Gabi at The Nomadic Family
Havana, Cuba from Ruth at Explora Mum Our World Tour
Kauai of Hawaii, USA from Jenn at The Vacation Gals
Paris, France from Michele at Malaysia Meanders
Budapest, Hungary from Kristin at Souvenir Finder
Along the Nile, Egypt from Alyson at World Travel Family
Prague, Czech Republic from DJ at Dream Euro Trip
Mexico City, Mexico from Carole at Travels With Carole
Rome, Italy from Clemens at Anekdotique
Abu Simbel, Egypt from Chris at Amateur Traveler
Moscow, Russia from Stephen at Shameless Traveler
Mnemba, Tanzania from Paul at A Luxury Travel Blog
Prague, Czech Republic from Lance at Travel Addicts
Along the Nile, Egypt from SJ at Chasing the Donkey
Love at the Birthday Party
Sometimes God, the fairies, and the stars are so kind I want to cry. My baby really needed a radically positive corrective social imprint in her soul and now she got it. Dahnya’s birthday party was amazing! The ‘biggies’ came and the house was filled with breaking any social boundaries and feeling pure love. We danced and ate pizza and had more fun than any of us remember in a long time. Facebook album from her 12th Bat Mitzvah year Birthday! Thank yo u for being born my love. Thank you for making us parents and teaching us so much. Thank you for a great party. Thank you for being beautiful you. We love you Dahnya.
And what does love mean to you? How have you found love in that leaf falling from the tree, this bite, this breeze, that far away place? Do share. I’m listening.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Insanely unorthodox, embarrassingly honest, and on her path towards spiritual awareness, Gabi Klaf blogs about her family’s ups and downs in their now third year of non-stop budget world travel. This family of five has lived with an indigenous tribe in the jungles of Ecuador, hitchhiked throughout the world, danced with drunk Vietnamese at weddings, and hiked the entire Annapurna Circuit trek with a documentary film crew in tow. Gabi writes about the untold sides of family travel life, those moments that take your breath away, adventures and mishaps while globetrotting, and how bits of her soul remain in this small town and off the side of that river. She is a guitar-stumming, energy-healing, ADHD wind-loving scaredy cat. Hugely romantic, tantalizingly sweet, and hysterically funny, Gabi Klaf represents a rare Rubik’s Cube of family world adventure.
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!