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Posted on Apr 15, 2014

RTW Family World Travel Blog Transitions- Leaving India

RTW Family World Travel Blog Transitions- Leaving India

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Dahnya says goodbye to Shanti and husband. Shanti taught Dahnya to do mendi (the henna designs on the skin)

As you know, Goa, India had been our home for the last six months. And though we live with a mostly no-backtracking travel policy, we know we will be back. Knowing this made leaving more sweet than bitter, and arriving to Mystery Country 15 more exciting than confusing.

Fitting us back into backpacks after being stationary was tougher than usual. The accumulation of stuff in our huge Goan house was hard to comprehend. India is cheap so we bought too much without giving it almost any thought. We rejoiced in having shelves again and quickly found those shelves, boxes, cabinet, and spaces under beds overflowing with junk. Also, we were part of a loving network of families and travelers who gave each other tons of stuff when someone left, so we recieved several deliveries of junk other people got rid of which thereby became our junk. The end result was painful.

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Other People’s Junk

The master George Carlin says it better than anyone on the planet. We’ll just let the magician do his thing. Enjoy!

Letting Go

And the process of letting go of stuff was slower, and harder than the usual emotional hell associated with packing. First of all, we still believe the allusion that “oh, this should only take a few hours” and it always takes several days of screaming at the kids and freaking out. Second of all, I was not functional due to my jet lag from 30+ hours of transport. Third of all, Kobi was finishing up his all-encompassing detox with the 5 Elements Clinic and spent those last days of his cleaning pretty much overcome with the utter exhaustion that takes place when your body removes toxins from every cell in your body. He should have been useless, but instead, pushed forward in the usual hard-headed, only-responsible-adult-in-the-family way. Lastly, we were all totally exhausted from the heat.

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Unbearable Heat of April in India

The heat of the days and nights before are best summed up by these Facebook updates.

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And while the heat was pure misery, I wonder now how it compares to showering in brown water. Hmmm. And then there was this update too…

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the nomadic family rtw family travel blog, leaving india,

Saying goodbye to our friends at the German Bakery- where we practically lived.

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The last goodbye circle at Vidya Aranya school. We will be back.

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Kobi and his soul brother Sharon, Israeli expat living in India with his wife and four kids and one hell of an amazing friend.

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Dahnya and one of her closest friends in the world, fellow Israeli Indian-resident Eden.

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Saying goodbye to Neta, the school cook and dear sweet Indian-version of a mother-figure for our kids.

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Our dearest Sangita does our lice one last time.

So lots and lots of amazing light there, and also in the Annapurna Circuit where we almost died. Literally.

We love this Facebook album of our last Indian sunrise.

 The Transition

We arrived to Country 15 exhausted due to not sleeping about five nights+ before our arrival.

The 4 AM cheapest-flights-Kobi-could-find and the cheapest-subsequent-connection required us to lose ANOTHER two nights of sleep.

Bye Sashi!

Bye Sashi!

Night one: Sashi picked us up at 1 AM for the Goa airport about an hour and a half away. The airport experience was surprisingly awful and left us more exhausted. (We’ll leave that for another day).

Day two: As the exit visa for Sharjah would have cost us $270 for the day, we opted to drool on the tables and floor of the airport for fourteen hours instead. We kept ourselves busy by eating, eating, and eating and finding a few other creative ways to pass the time.

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Night two: Our flight landed in Istanbul, Turkey around 11pm. We took the last shuttle to the Taxim area and arrive to our hotel around 2am.

It was an upside-down whirlwind from heat to freezing, from rural to metropolitan, and from familiar to the Unknown but one we welcomed with tired, but open arms.

 

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  1. Y’all are amazing. I am sure leaving Goa was totally hard and you guys rocked it with your usual sweet ways- by being human and real. I look forward to hearing how your travels go. We are sending you a lot of love and blessings. Hoping you are all healthy and safe.
    Love you,
    Lauren

  2. Oh your poor kids look so tired! No matter how ‘seasoned’ a traveler you are, a trip like that is tough, so I’m glad to hear that you’ve all arrived safe and sound, even if you do all sleep for a week now! We’re really looking forward to seeing what you get up to in Turkey, it is definitely a country on our ‘must see’ list. Take care, and have fun, it should start to warm up for you soon 😉

  3. Oh that lovely Sharjah airport:) We live in Dubai right now so have travelled through there — Air Arabia is a cheap option. Packing up is always hard. We do slow travel (blog severely ignored) and ALWAYS accumulate stuff. I try to find people who will appreciate it and will give me comfort knowing they can use it. Istanbul is fun– enjoy.

    • hi beautiful. thank you. enjoy the region. we have loved the muslim countries we have been in. love to hear of your travels and how others also accumulate too much stuff. pleae find us on facebook so that we can keep up better. thank you for taking the time to comment kate. gabi

  4. OMG. You guys must have been utterly exhausted. Your family are wonderful as you all stick together and make it work. Well done!
    I’ve only started following you as I wanted to read more about families who travel on a more “long-term” basis. It’s going to be fun!

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