Snapshots from Our Heart of Hearts Home- BackHome Hostel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I think it was before flood number two but after flood number one and it’s just the kind of thing I wanted to remember on Today. Today, I’m living my domesticated life here on a mountain-side in Israel. Today, I coached a gorgeous woman who is about to set off on their family’s world travel adventure and asked really powerful questions like, “What if my son blames me later for all that he missed back home?” Today, I sit with purring Kitty Cat and feel grateful that Kobi and I are figuring out how to live without the 9-to-5 lifestyle. Today, I’m so terribly grateful for the normal shifts and struggles and joys of raising three teenagers in a normal life.
And so, in honor of today being just as it is; in honor of the November skies thickening and preparing themselves for all sorts of winter rains; in honor our life here at home, I wanted to remember BackHome- our truest home in Kuala Lumpur for 35 whole nights. Our hub of love and acceptance and belonging and a home we will always cherish.
We can never say thank you enough to BackHome Hostel for having us as their guests. It was the most laid-back, fit-with-who-we-are-home-for-backpackers-without-too-much-money-to-flaunt that we ever stayed in. We’ve kept up with our Malaysian family up until today. They were even a loving part of Dahnya’s bat mitzvah If you watch the video in the link right before this sentence, you’ll see our BackHome gang lovingly appear at 3:04 and again at 4:12 . God, we love them.
They are the one and only feature in our Love Around the World Photo Essay, and they shared with us all sorts of gorgeous moments like…
Arriving to BackHome and that magic of having our own space and not having to move (again):
I’m shocked & thrilled how little made them so happy back them. Ah, the simple life of a backpacker
And the 1st Flood and all the craziness that comes with a totally flooded capital city
So totally illegally bad hair moments and blessedly gorgeous homeschooling ones
The Day Before Rosynn Left and How the Kids Took Over the Front Desk
And the day WE LEFT and that Goodbye (which today, brings tears to my eyes!)
I still remember the day after we left Yok Lan emailed me a picture of the salad we had left in the fridge and said, “I can’t eat our morning salad without you.”
So, friends, even if we don’t talk; know that we love you, deeply, and keep you in our hearts.
Gabi, Kobi, Dahnya, Orazi, and Solai
If you only read one post on the entire blog about our globetrotting adventures, it should be this one:
and maybe also in second place
What Pisses People Off Most (We’re Rich, You’re Not):
- You Would Die If You Knew Just How Rich We Were
- Only the Very Special, Lucky, Rich, and Perfect (Like Me) Can Travel
- Our Parental Money Management Disasters- If I Only Knew Then
- The Ying Yang of Living Without (also very money related)
- Ten Nomadic Families Traveling The World: How They Afford It
Most Powerful Spiritual and Insightful Reflections:
- I Know Nothing (And 99 Other Things That Road Has Taught Me)
- Realizing How Unimportant We Really Are…. Just A Butt In The Wind
- Kobi’s two months of traveling alone…Becoming A Solo, Married Backpacker
- Every dump we’ve stayed in.. Liquified Homelessness
- I’m Sorry– Why I Was Offline for Months While Living In The Jungles (Ecuador)
Interviews of the Most Amazing People:
- Three Deaf Backpackers (Cambodia)
- Retarded Chocolate Sales Woman- Angel Outside of Consumerist Hell
- Randomly Meeting Ryan Who’s First YouTube Video Landed Like Half a Million Views
- The Two Weirdest Travelers We’ve Ever Met (shhhh… my kids are involved)
- Large Woman Insists on Giving Me A Fitness Lesson– Too Funny (Los Alamos, Panama)
- Chris From Chile
- A Japanese Factory Worker Turned Female Solo Backpacker
ABOUT THE NOMADIC FAMILY:
The Nomadic Family of five spent three and a half years settling into small communities in 16 countries world-wide. Now, they are acclimating back into life in Northern Israel and the story continues. Gabi lived alone in India for 3 months this winter, Kobi is going backpacking for 2 months alone this Spring, and the family will spend this summer in Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland. Follow their adventures as they share their emotional journey, their spiritual growth; their falling apart and coming back together, the real ups and downs, the sticky, painful, colorful, and magical moments of life on the road and back home.
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