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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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Posted on Aug 23, 2013 | 15 comments

Family Travel Blog Question #38: How Do You Know What To Pack? Answer: We Don’t, Actually- Four Categories You Should Be Aware Of

Family Travel Blog Question #38: How Do You Know What To Pack? Answer: We Don’t, Actually- Four Categories You Should Be Aware Of

How do you know what to pack? We don’t, actually. That’s the truth of the matter. I wish I could make it more romantic or easier for you, but the whole truth is that we simply do not know. We figure it out as we go. You see, you think you’ll need all of this stuff that you never do, but you keep carrying it around for months and months cuz a- it cost you a lot of money or b- you think you still just may need to use it or c- it’s not taking up that much room anyhow. But, the darker (or more colorful, actually) truth is that we hold onto things from fear that makes all of those little ‘just maybe’s’ cumulatively a huge burden to tote around. You’d think that in month 30, we’d be “family travel blog experts”. I know. I thought I might win some award of wisdom by this point too. Yes, we’re wiser, but in terms of packing, it continues...

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Posted on Aug 22, 2013 | 6 comments

Ten Fun, Fascinating, Cool, Unknown Facts about Korea- Family Travel Blog Bucketlist #219

Ten Fun, Fascinating, Cool, Unknown Facts about Korea- Family Travel Blog Bucketlist #219

So, I’m starting to like these fascinating country facts articles. Read the Ireland one- it’s sooo cool. These cool country facts articles empower me to learn all this cool stuff about countries around the world that I otherwise would remain totally ignorant about. So, the little I know about Korea is that it’s in Asia and that this really nice Korean guy in the hotel in Bangkok, Thailand gave us the all-time, most illogical but our favorite travel gift- this huge stuffed Ikea dog which we use as a pillow and friend everywhere we go. And so, we’d often thought about taking up hostel jobs, marketing work, or teaching jobs in Korea. We’ve met many travelers who had settled in Korea and taught in the schools there. They all had the best stories to tell about falling in love with really grateful and sweet students and the communities they became a part of. Without further ado…. Ten Fun, Fascinating, Cool, Unknown Facts about Korea! 1.Tipping is not customary in...

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