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Posted on Sep 12, 2013 | 14 comments

Dirty People, Reusing Toilet Paper, and Life in Kathmandu, Nepal- Becoming the White Noise

Dirty People, Reusing Toilet Paper, and Life in Kathmandu, Nepal- Becoming the White Noise

I walked home today from the cardiologist. It was a long walk. Clearly more logical to take a taxi or bus but I wanted to feel Kathmandu. I wanted to become here. Also, I wanted to practice being, not thinking, and observing whatever came up without reacting. So much came up, which is probably why my dear friend and teacher Strong Wings suggests “meditate for releasing the pile of junk which has risen to surface of your heart…” He’s wise that way. On the way, I saw a beautiful mom with a long jet-black braid hold her two-braided, delicate daughter’s hand on the way (I’m assuming by the girl’s uniform) to school. I saw a homeless man (not sure) brush and brush and brush his long hair, face down. I waited, watching those long brush strokes, noting the bags of stuff behind him, and wondering how personal hygiene fits in with homelessness, and probably, had he lifted his head up, how behind the layers of dirt I imagined I...

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Posted on Sep 8, 2013 |

Adventurous Mum to Tackle Everest Base Camp- For Our Mental Preparation for The Annapurna Circuit Hike

Adventurous Mum to Tackle Everest Base Camp- For Our Mental Preparation for The Annapurna Circuit Hike

So, we’re really going to do this Annapurna Hike thing, even if it kills us. Well, no, but we will do it unless we see that it’s just not what’s best for us, in which case we turn back around and go find something else beautiful to do in Nepal, like volunteer or settle in some village somewhere. We hope to start hiking next week. We need to wait for the film crew to arrive and get their gear ready. And as we get closer, I feel that much more inspired by the art of hiking, which is why I’m so psyched to interview Carly, The Mum To Tackle Everest Base Camp. No, dearest mum Carly has not hiked with her kids [yet]. She says they complain in the ten-minute walk to school. I know, Carly, I know! She wants to wait until they are older to hike with them. Mine are older and still, they are great sports, but I think complaining will always be a part of...

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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 29, 2013 | 39 comments

9 Answers to Your Toughest Financial Questions- Paying Taxes, Affording World Travel, and Making Money

9 Answers to Your Toughest Financial Questions- Paying Taxes, Affording World Travel, and Making Money

Money is one of those unfair things. People spend most of their lives just struggling to get enough, or to be at peace with it. It makes people without it sometimes act like animals. They have to beg, be aggressive, and be reduced to less than their light for they are without, or covered in urine or so dirty and ‘sub-human’ like that it hurts. Yesterday, the rabbi here at Chabad in Katmandu told us the orphaned or run-away street kids sniff glue to not feel the hunger. Deeply unfair. I’ll tell you that story another day. I’m reading a Hindu book about the fundamental principles to living a life with deep peace of mind. (I like Nepal already!). There it speaks of people who have their financial needs covered but still never have peace of mind. Well, we have a funny, complicated relationship with money, as many people do, and we’re becoming more intimate and clean and clear, slowly, and gratefully. People often assume that we are rich....

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Posted on Aug 25, 2013 | 11 comments

Things To Pack for the Annapurna and Your Regular Family Vacation

Things To Pack for the Annapurna and Your Regular Family Vacation

So, the Annapurna is looming up ahead of us and we’re remarkably calm. (I know!) We’d bought our hiking boots back in Cebu City, Philippines and have been wearing them for a few hours a day to get them nice and comfy. We had heard that if you don’t, suffering from blisters on the Annapurna Circuit is no fun. So, we’ve got other things done too: all sorts of female meds just in case I or 2/3 of the film crew get something on that mountain where there are no meds. I also bought some flash cards that I am slowly [slower than a dead turtle slowly] filling up with cool, inspirational learning tidbits* that I think will be motivating life-lessons sort of learning while we hike. We’re currently on vacation in Malaysia with literally 1/3 of our stuff and doing really well. Every time we do a little vacation and find that we can live (and ironically are still too heavy) with a third of our stuff, we...

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Posted on Jul 9, 2013 | 26 comments

Mistakes That You Can’t Take Back, Or Can You? RTW Life Lessons- Philippines

Mistakes That You Can’t Take Back, Or Can You? RTW Life Lessons- Philippines

It is not easy to clean up our messes. No, I didn’t run over someone because I leaned over to grab my cell phone or any sort of one-second-changed-everything sort of moment. No, thank God, we are all healthy and glowing, diving with turtles at Savedra Dive Center (great FB video) in the Philippines and loving that our kids have such a vibrant social network. We even love it that the kids here call you a baby if you cry and steal playing cards when you’re not watching. These Filipino kids are giving our three a Doctorate in Street Smarts that they just wouldn’t get elsewhere. Toughening them up, watching them get cheated, and then learn how not let that happen again, has been rewarding. It’s amazing how fast you can learn when you’re motivated, eh? And we’re learning too. Learning that a lifetime reputation, which you built with so much care and vulnerability, can be crumbled in moments. We’re learning that what seems like a great idea, and...

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