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Posted on Dec 17, 2013 |

8 Cool Facts About Portugal- Family Travel Blog Bucket List

8 Cool Facts About Portugal- Family Travel Blog Bucket List

We’re planning on moving to Spain in the coming years, with the hope of exploring the surrounding area on bikes. And guess what I just discovered? That Portugal lies in the western part of the Iberian Peninsula, smack dab next to Spain. And so, I’ve been looking up some cool facts on Portugal that I wanted to share with you.  1- Language Portuguese is a Latin-based language with its roots stretching back over two thousand years when it was spoken by the Romanized Celts (cool, I know!) It is the 6th most-spoken language in the world with two million native speakers. 2- Flag The Portugal flag is rectangular and bicolor with a field which is unevenly divided into green on the hoist and a red on the fly. The red and green symbolize the people who died for her freedom and the shield acts as the prime symbol of Portuguese pride. 3- Food The close proximity of Portugal as a country to the Atlantic Ocean makes fish the staple food among its citizens. Portuguese...

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Posted on Nov 28, 2013 | 36 comments

Your One-Stop-Shop Telenovela of Family Travel Blog Trekking Adventure Hell- Day 1- Annapurna Circuit with Kids, A Multi-Media Celebration

Your One-Stop-Shop Telenovela of Family Travel Blog Trekking Adventure Hell- Day 1- Annapurna Circuit with Kids, A Multi-Media Celebration

It is time to start sharing our Annapurna Circuit with Children experience. All of it, and not just the life-threatening parts including hypothermia, fever and an extreme case of lethargic child at 5,200 meters, vomit, diarrhea, and all those drop-to-your-death cliffs that left us so very shaken up as parents who made these decisions on behalf of their children. We’d want to give you all of it. The good, the bad, the ugly, the really funny, and the thoughtful. So, welcome to Day One! It’s a lovely collection of photography and video all reflecting what our first day on the trail was like. Highlights: Oh My God! We’re ridiculously out of shape, whimpy, and totally not ready for the physical and mental challenges before us. That will sort of be the ongoing theme, in addition, to tons of furry animals, unidentified shit of all shapes and sizes, break-downs, song, tons of laughter, some serious “God, why are we doing this thing again?” talks, and amazing vistas. It’s basically your...

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Posted on Oct 8, 2013 | 8 comments

Our Trashed Home, Being in the Now, and 10 Crazy, Odd, Cool Unknown Facts About the Canary Islands

Our Trashed Home, Being in the Now, and 10 Crazy, Odd, Cool Unknown Facts About the Canary Islands

Kobi and I are working passionately on being in the present moment. On living this moment, then this one, then this one, and when we got pictures from the real estate showing our house trashed, our furniture in the rain and sun, and the damage and unpaid rent and bills by our last tenants, it took us a bit to recollect ourselves and remind ourselves of a few things. Right now, we are here in Nepal and there is no value in drowning in the anger, frustration, and pain of seeing our beloved sun-kissed, mountain-side home trashed, the grass where we played now sand, and the garden and home looking like a total dump. No point in living mentally in Israel when we are now here in Kathmandu, Nepal buying cool tribal masks to send to that beloved home. It is material and we are more; it is there, we are here; it- we will solve in the future, we- we can solve now. And so, with remarkable speed,...

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Posted on Oct 6, 2013 | 5 comments

The Competition of Life- Win a Week in Dakhla- Family Travel Blog Perks

The Competition of Life- Win a Week in Dakhla- Family Travel Blog Perks

We’re back from hiking the Annapurna Circuit and I feel deeply that with some reflection I will better be able to share with you what it all meant to us. I think with some time I will be more apt in carving my words just right. I believe that what I have to say is dramatically different from what Kobi and I had read online before taking on this huge project with our kids. No, the Annapurna is not an easy trail. No, we would not have taken our kids if we had known the physical and mental challenges we would face. Yes, it was amazing, and will be more so with some distance. At one point when we were already over the pass and in Totopani when Kobi went on a wild goose chase to reclaim his hijacked/stolen/lost/forgotten laptop, in tears, I told the film crew how I’d love just one uneventful day, just one day with no near-death experiences and hair-raising drama. Just one day. And for...

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Posted on Sep 4, 2013 | 8 comments

Family Travel Bucketlist #23: Africa’s Little Ole Mauritius Island

Family Travel Bucketlist #23: Africa’s Little Ole Mauritius Island

We’re on the eve of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. We’ve been living full-time in the Chabad House at Kathmandu. Turns out there’s a whole TV series about this extraordinary Rabbi and his amazing wife in Israel and soon, the film crews will return to record season two. Our film crew arrives in two days and we could not be more excited! Angela, Noah, and Erin have already boarded their flight and will soon be joining us in the muddy madness of Kathmandu, Nepal. While in the Chabad, we hear travelers speak of this rafting exhibition, that temple, and the Annapurna Circuit herself. Their stories fill us with excitement and anticipation towards our own adventure. This bucket list is about to take place, others are far off. One that I can’t believe is even on our mental map is Africa. I always wanted to go to Africa; Kobi never did. And now that we’ve met good friends who safaried there, we saw two family travel blogs of families...

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Posted on Aug 30, 2013 | 2 comments

Family Life on the Road Reality #43: Time in Airports- Kathmandu, Nepal

Family Life on the Road Reality #43: Time in Airports- Kathmandu, Nepal

Airports. We’ve been spending a ridiculous amount of time in them lately. August 13- Cebu City, Philippines to Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia August 22- KL, Malaysia to Langkawi, Malaysia August 26- Langkawi, Malaysia back to KL August 27- KL to Katmandu, Nepal Considering we like to settle and create community in the now thirteen countries we’ve called home it saves us tons not to move a lot it exhausts us and confuses us each time anew to recollect who we are, why we’re doing this, and how long it will take the cosmic dust to settle that is TONS OF AIRPORT TIME. I’m not complaining. Well, I am, but not only complaining, or no, it may sound like a complaint but I’m simply saying that moving a lot is not a picture-perfect commercial for us. We whine, complain, get jet-lagged even when there are not time zone changes, and fight over who sits next to Kobi. The kids do it too! 🙂 Up in the Air Insights Kobi and...

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Posted on Aug 23, 2013 | 2 comments

Lost World of Tambun and Spa- One Amazing Family Attraction in Malaysia [Photo Essay] – Part One

Lost World of Tambun and Spa- One Amazing Family Attraction in Malaysia [Photo Essay] – Part One

Someone asked us the other day what they could do with their kids in Malaysia? Having spent three and a half months loving the people and frolicking in the beauty, attractions, restaurants, and joys of Malaysia, we feel we have a really good, long, detailed answer. And yet, one place our kids keep referring to is Lost World of Tambun. The park is amazing, the food was unreal, the spa was a true joy, and the history and cultural aspects of the park transformed ‘just another water/theme park’ into ‘a living breathing, well-rounded fun and educational family experience.’ We loved our days at the park and spent the remaining two months in Malaysia having the kids beg us to go back. 🙂 So, without further ado, enjoy our little photo essay of part one of ecstatic fun at The Lost World of Tambun and Spa.                                             And that...

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