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Posted on Jul 25, 2014

First Meals, New Homes, and Lazy Days- Our Istanbul Apartment, Holiday Lettings Pashas House, Istanbul, Turkey

First Meals, New Homes, and Lazy Days- Our Istanbul Apartment, Holiday Lettings Pashas House, Istanbul, Turkey

First Meals, New Homes, and lazy days- Our Istanbul Apartment, Holiday Lettings Pashas House, Istanbul, Turkey

With all the glitter and glory of family world travel, there are also cloudy spots on the road when you don’t see the butterflies. There are long pauses in which you can’t hold your breath anymore in which you are waiting to not shower in brown water or your soul is limping for too long and you want everyone around you to just go away. There are moments when you don’t feel like reinventing the wheel over and over and over again and you hate this home and that one and you don’t want to work hard to know where to eat, where it’s safe to go, and who your friends are. There are long phases in which, to reaction to all this stimuli, I just spiral and thus, keep you on your toes.

And then, you get to a spot and know that you don’t need to move anymore. Your ship ports and you settle into a routine of your your liking. You sit down to that first homey meal that you prepared; you have a lazy day in which you do what you’re supposed to do in your little nest and feel…. at home. 

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Where It All Began

So, to get it all in context, you may want to read these three little entries:

Leaving India– and the exhausted state in which we arrived to Eastern Europe

Country Number Fifteen– which has a sweet video showing our first impressions of Turkey

From Murder to Love Affair- how (again) what we thought was turned upside down

That First Meal 

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Lazy Days At Home

Again, people sometimes assume that a family world travel lifestyle means that we are up and at it all day, every day, looking, exploring, learning, and full-on, powerfully out-there. And yet, no. We spend most of our time nesting, being at home, busy or otherwise, and wanted to break yet another preconception by showing you glimpses into this quiet world too.

Lazy Days- Panagsama Beach, Philippines

Lazy Days- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


You can see our first Turkish home with Holiday Lettings Pashas House for yourself. And… ARE YOU READY?

Owner Barbaros was so delighted by the way we lead our life and inspire others and was so overjoyed to be a part of that magic that he said anyone who contacts him and says they came because of  The Nomadic Family, he’ll give them 20% off their rental. God, how did we find these angels.

So, we have nothing but ‘thank you’s’ and admiration for our new Turkish friends who hosted us so remarkably. Should you be in Istanbul and desire to feel that magic, go to Holiday Lettings Pashas House and when you communicate with Barbaros let him know that you know us and he’ll set you up. Life really is good.


Some of the best posts that reflect our personal insanity and emotional journey on the road:

7 Reasons One Family Travel Blog will Keep You on Your Toes

One Stop Telenovela- How the Annapurna Circuit Almost Killed Us

Our Trashed Homes and Being in the Now– Nepal

Dreams for Five Different Souls- Balance, Can We Find It?– Philippines

I Hate This Home and That One and This One- Cambodia

Life on the Road Isn’t Waiting for Me

If you enjoyed this post that breaks prejudices and stereotypes, I think you will adore:

My Muslim Mother- Cambodia

Where I was Sure the Muslims Would Kill Us- Malaysia

I Know Nothing and 99 Other Things the World has Taught Me

I Hate Missionaries and Other Thoughts About Sexuality

Heroes, Angels, and Friends- Singapore

And a few other Turkey posts:

Country Number Fifteen Contest– Where in the World is The Nomadic Family

From Murder to Love Affair– Holiday Lettings Pashas House


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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 where a film crew accompanied them for the documentary movie about how The Nomadic Family is redefining modern family life. They are now spending six months in Goa, India. 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.


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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!