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Posted on Jul 8, 2014

Parenting on the Road- Sugar Daddy Debates, Being Normal, & Morality –, Macaron Konagi Otel- Ayvalik, Turkey

Parenting on the Road- Sugar Daddy Debates, Being Normal, & Morality –, Macaron Konagi Otel- Ayvalik, Turkey

Parenting on the road,, Macaron Konagi Otel- Ayvalik, Turkey- Eastern Europe Road Trip

So, we’re in Ayvalik, Turkey and staying in a gardened fairy tale at Macaron Yuvasi Otel. We’ve been in paradises before and felt like hell, or have been in the most exotic oasis and hated home. Most assume that our life is all about butterflies and rainbows, and it is, and it isn’t. Most would assume we spend all day skipping in the butterflied fields with our children and deeply admiring them. And we do, but often we don’t. Do I adore my life style, my blessed opportunity to be a nomad? Yes, yes, yes, yes, and a bit of no. Sometimes I need a vacation, desperately. Do I adore my children to death? I do. But, honestly, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I’m sick of the whining, I’m sick of pushing, I’m sick of being the bad guy.

And while Macaron Yuvasi Otel and Ayvalik, Turkey was, was, was, really, truly, truly a fairy tale, there were those pockets of mini-hell in which we, Kobi and I, looked at each other, or sometimes just me, feeling very alone, thought, “Really? This is the best we could do in the parenting department?” 

Sick of Being the Bad Guy

Doing Something Right in Parenting

Can Perfectly Normal Be Good Enough?

Sometimes I expect more. That after all of this freedom and all of these experiences and all of this unreal spiritual growth, that we would levitate above the bickering and petty fighting and yet, we’re just normal after all. Just normal. Unique plainness as much as the next guy. Sigh. (also of relief).

Do you ever feel like you’ve put in so much effort and it’s just not working? Do you ever feel like you are fighting so hard to have your kids eat healthy food or be decent, appreciative people, or succeed in studies or whatever it is, and it’s just not there? Deep sigh. You get it? 


Macaron Konagi was our precious first experience with feel in love with Yavuz and Serap and their passion to make this dream come true. They bought an ancient, run-down, dilapidated ruin and turned it, with love and care to heart-warming details, into a little gardened fairy-tale. Should you have the blessed chance to visit to Turkey and come to Ayvalik, we dearly hope you will consider spoiling yourself with a vacation here. Thank you Yavuz and Serap and your loving staff for these four beautiful nights.


If you enjoyed this, you can read more about our Turkey experiences:

Leaving India, Arriving to Turkey

Country Number 15 Contest

Bathrooms, Breakfast, and Buffets- Taxim, Istanbul

From Murder to Love Affair

The Eastern Europe Road Trip Begins


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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.

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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!




  1. Hello!
    Yes, I think all of us parents love our children more than anything else in the world, but…
    We have two boys, and sometimes I swear if they do not stop petty fighting I am going to lose it! Brothers! Our
    Our oldest will be off to university next year. I know I will miss the commotion though. I am not yet ready for the silence. Weird?
    Take care, Curtis

  2. Honestly, yes. I feel like parenting is the most challenging and heartbreaking experience. And it’s partly because I love them so much and because of that a lot of fear and pain (I have teenagers) can come from that relationship. And it’s partly because of the limitations they cause in my life. I feel I’ve pushed through and overcome maNY of those limitations, but there are some things that cannot be worked around and will inevitably kill my romantic notions in more ways than one. Sigh.

  3. yes and no Gabi, mostly no. It depends on what’s going on in my head, if I’m tired or grumpy I’m rubbish at this stuff, otherwise I just adore them no matter what. You sound down, chin up.

    • hi sweets. how are you? london? how was italy? thank you. been offline for weeks and now i reimmerge to find you. hugs. i was down here. totally. how much you adore them is beyond obvious. hugs, gabi


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