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Posted on Nov 25, 2011 | 9 comments

Poverty for Christmas

Poverty for Christmas

  This December, over 2.1 billion Christians will celebrate the Christmas season.  Children around the world will wait with baited breath for brightly colored packages under the tree. A huge majority of the Westerm parents will spend more money than they can afford, buy more unnecessary garbage that will clutter their homes, and will kill more trees and natural resources on gift wrapping that will end up in the trash the day after. We won’t.  Why? We have a deeper agenda for Christmas 2011.  Inglesia de Santa Maria in El Quinche, Ecuador The Joys of Christmas We’re Jews who have raised our children in a lovely mountain-kissed bubble in Northern Israel. My children are ignorant to the immaculate rainbow of colors, tastes, and songs in which world citizens celebrate their beliefs. We’re excited for our first up-coming Christmas in Ecuador to highlight that kaleidoscope.   And now, as I write this in late November, we can see the holiday approaching. Small towns throughout Southern Colombia and Northern Ecuador are...

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Posted on Oct 15, 2011 | 5 comments

International American Dreams

International American Dreams

Once upon a time, I woke up and realized that I have had a pretty transformational journey towards, around, over, and through the American Dream. Unlike most of the Americans around me; I am a naturalized citizen to the United States of America. It was not my born right to live the life of privilege that I did. My American Dream began in 1975 when my parents came to the land where “money grows on trees”. We had an eventful roller coaster of being rich with a private plane, pool, and live-maid to declaring bankruptcy.  Maybe I had to taste the world of  materialism and consumerism  (My parents’ American Dream) to reach my own dream? Like most first generation immigrants to a new land; my parents had to go through the growing pains that come with instantly becoming a ‘foreigner’. They neither spoke the language nor understood the culture; and as children, we always felt bitter that our parents couldn’t help us with homework, and spoke so funny and...

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Posted on Oct 6, 2011 | 15 comments

10 Nomadic Families Traveling the World, 7 Continents: How They Afford It

10 Nomadic Families Traveling the World, 7 Continents: How They Afford It

Way back when, when I would hear of some family scaling the globe; I assumed they were rich. They had to be. Who can retire in their thirties or forties and travel the world? When I was 36, my family had begun traveling the world and thus became a nomadic family; and then I knew, you don’t have to be rich to live this dream lifestyle. Turns out, a vast majority of nomadic families are not. Almost all of them, in fact, are quite normal, everyday people who dreamed big, and saved bigger. They envisioned something they wanted, and went for it. Below you will find out how 10 (now 9) nomadic families have afforded their world travel dreams. May our collective frugality, persistence, creativity, and courage inspire you to look into your own life, and seriously contemplate this once way-out-of-reach dream as plausible. this is great. In doing the research and work to write this piece, I must say that as is usual in my life; I venture...

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