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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

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...

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Posted on Jul 12, 2014 |

Running to Bomb Shelter- Sirens in Kibbutz Hanita, Northern Galilee, Israel- July 12, 2014

Running to Bomb Shelter- Sirens in Kibbutz Hanita, Northern Galilee, Israel- July 12, 2014

Fuck. I was scared. We all were. Even though we had done this before in our past, this caught us all off-guard and shook us more than a little bit. Not pretty. Not fun. After 38 1/2 months on the road, sixteen countries, and knowing nothing; it’s not the homecoming we imagined. But it’s not about us and what we wanted at all. It’s about governments and agendas and stuff way over our heads, and we just gotta roll with That Which Is until this too shall pass. A few updates that led up to tonight’s bomb shelter run video and then what I caught on tape as the sirens went off and we dealt with the reality that currently just is what it is in Israel.  Friday, July 11th   Saturday, July 12th And the party begins…. Right After The Sirens- July 12th And right before going to sleep And another post (highly recommended): Israeli Family Kids Discuss War, Missile Sirens, and Peace How Badly Do You Want...

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Posted on Jun 5, 2014 | 36 comments

Wings and Roots- Euphoric Chatterings of Just Arriving Home- Jerusalem, Israel

Wings and Roots- Euphoric Chatterings of Just Arriving Home- Jerusalem, Israel

It is over. It is over. It is over. Or it is? Is it ever really over? Even when we die, is it over? I happen to think not. I think we continue, our souls or our energy, and our love. The love continues, transmits and transforms, morphs and mutates into something else that continues, yes, in some other form, but does not die. And so, we have arrived home, to our tribe, and damn it feels good. We thought it would be so hard; we suspected it would be some tragic end, and yet, what we found is love in more color and tears and beauty that we could have remembered. “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots and the wings.” – Denis Waitley Well, we’ve given them wings, dear God, they have wide-spanned, glittery-white, hugely-feathered wings that know that in any country in this world they can get along, create community, and find love. But roots? Kobi and I left the US July...

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Posted on May 25, 2014 | 3 comments

RTW Kind Souls, Fresh Turkish Bagels, and Sprained Ankles- Istanbul Apartment Home Holiday Lettings Pashas House, Turkey

RTW Kind Souls, Fresh Turkish Bagels, and Sprained Ankles- Istanbul Apartment Home Holiday Lettings Pashas House, Turkey

And so the love affair continues but if you haven’t read it yet, everything else here may appear out of context so I suggest you take a look at how we went from murder to love affair first.  And so everything we’d ever expected was over-satisfied and our hearts were touched beyond what we could have imagined. It’s like there was a team of loving Polish mothers worrying about us and taking care of us each step of the way. And so, these two videos just show snapshots of that love affair and how deeply we are grateful for yet another pair of angels guiding us on our way. Think you know anything? Travel the world and find out that you don’t know NUTTIN! Fresh Turkish Bagels Delivered with Love     Beautiful Souls and Sprained Ankles   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...

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Posted on Apr 25, 2014 | 8 comments

From Murder to Love Affair- Our New Turkish Apartment Home-  Holiday Lettings Pashas House- Istanbul, Turkey

From Murder to Love Affair- Our New Turkish Apartment Home- Holiday Lettings Pashas House- Istanbul, Turkey

So, we get an email confirming our stay at Holiday Letting’s Pashas House and think, “if the Muslims don’t kill us, this should be nice.” You know we’ve had My Muslim Mother, fear of Islamic terrorism, hating missionaries, and this blog’s most famous post about knowing nothing, all which has shaken up everything we know. And still, we were wary. What if the residents live with us? Can we be our loud shameless selves or do we need to tiptoe and try to scream at the kids in low-Hebrew tones so that they won’t know we’re Israeli/American Jews and murder us? Deep breath. Angels have kept us safe so far, and thus they will continue to, and yet, we didn’t expect our hosts to be the very angels we hoped would wrap us in their pearly-white featured sanctuary. Welcome to Holiday Letting’s Pashas House and all that we never expected. From the minute the taxi dropped us off, we felt love. The minute. Ali meets us in the street...

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Posted on Nov 15, 2013 | 7 comments

Breathing-Taking & Heart-Warming- Diwali 2013 in Goa, India- Family Travel World-Schooling Delights

Breathing-Taking & Heart-Warming- Diwali 2013 in Goa, India- Family Travel World-Schooling Delights

My heart singith. Last week began Diwali and it’s been unreal beautiful. And as Jason Mraz sings to me Living in the Moment, I bask in the loving energy of our landlords, their endless gifts to us, and the joy of being in Goa, India and knowing that this is home. Sigh. Deep, deep sigh. Allow me tell you about the stunning little Hindu holiday called Diwali! Diwali The kids learned in the Vidya Arayna School that Diwali (pronounced: Di-Va-Li) was a princess who chose to renounce her kingdom-hood to escape into the forest with her prince. He was shunned away so that someone else’s plot for kinghood could bear fruit. She told him that she’d rather live a simple life with him in the forest than a fancy one without him in the palace. One day a demon saw Diwali and decided he wanted her. He turned himself into a glimmering deer with eyes blue like the ocean, fur yellow like the sun, and dots brown like the earth. Diwali...

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Posted on Nov 10, 2013 | 2 comments

Malaysian Dialects, Culture, History, AND Color-blindness- Comprehensive, Awesome Interview- Pillows and Toast Hostel, Singapore

Malaysian Dialects, Culture, History, AND Color-blindness- Comprehensive, Awesome Interview- Pillows and Toast Hostel, Singapore

Yeah, yeah, I’m rubbing elbows with the big guys, and yes, I could possibly still find in the deepest crevices of my heart, the metta (loving kindness) to still associate with the little people like you. *cough* Our stay in Singapore was blessed by so much love and joy. You can see it in Human Kindness and Humility,  All A Weary Traveler Needs, and The Ming Behind The Making of The Movie. And now, we bring to you one of those amazing video interviews that teach us about humanity, a people, their history and culture, and show us two of their finest men. We totally fell in love with this pair, and the staff of loving people they surrounded themselves with. Did you know that Singapore, like Israel, has a mandatory military? I did not. So much I got from one interview, even though, in all honesty, the behind-the-scenes bit you don’t see is that both were dying to finish with me already so that they could go play...

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