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Posted on Dec 20, 2013 | 25 comments

Oh, the Places You’ll Go- Everywhere We’ve Been on the Globe- Amazing Photo Essay for this RTW Family Travel Blog

Oh, the Places You’ll Go- Everywhere We’ve Been on the Globe- Amazing Photo Essay for this RTW Family Travel Blog

The globe has been kind to us, protecting us, keeping it fun, and dusty, and raw, and real everywhere we go. And always, teaching us that we know nothing and 99 other things the world has taught me. We’re clearly been surrounded by love and joy and amazing friends scaling the globe. We’ve lived in five-star hotels and total dumps in our liquified homelessness. We pride ourselves for seeking out opportunities to live like a local and be perpetually barefoot. We’ve learned unreal lessons in this get-out-of-the-house-with-a-backpack-thing lifestyle. And so, without further ado, Oh, The Places You’ll Go- Everywhere this Family Travel Blog Bunch Has Been in pictures! Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go. You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care. About some you...

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Posted on May 27, 2012 | 2 comments

The Zena and Zen of Cutting Coconuts- Alto Boquete, Panama

It’s a new pastime of mine. I sit there on the second step with a knife, Kobi’s machete from Don Jose Ramon when we were a newly nomadic family in Costa Rica and a coconut. Part one is very Zena-like.  I get to play with really big knives and feel powerful for a moment. Whack! It cracks some. Whack! Whack!  and I collect as much of the coconut milk as I can. Whack!  I get it all the way open and move on to phase two, the really calming part. Part two is very Zen-like.  I sit there, either alone or with our nomadic kids enthusiastically catching and eating every piece as it flies through the air. It’s meditative and requires great concentration. If you don’t, I believe every member of our family has cuts to show for it. You have three ways to get your edible parts out. The first one rarely works but it’s so cool, we still try for from time to time. 1-      Sometimes, if...

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Posted on Apr 16, 2012 |

3 Minutes and 59 Seconds to Breathe

3 Minutes and 59 Seconds to Breathe

Sunsets have been a real gift in self discovery. A huge one. An invitation to cry, and let the soft fading rays wipe my tears. An invitation to sit in awe, and breath in the palette stretching out before me. An invitation to push myself physically passed my limit, inspired by the changing skies. An invitation to reflect on the absolutely nothingness of my existence, a mere speck in that grand vista. An invitation for all of us, even back home, even between errands and work and cleaning, between picking up the kids from here to there to stop. The word sunset in Spanish “atardecer” is one of my favorites. “Tarde” means late or afternoon and (this is my own definition here) and “cer” is so close to the Spanish “ser” which means ‘to be’. So, in my own little world, I define ‘atardecer’ as an invitation, each afternoon ‘to be’. How can you ‘be in the afternoon’, even for four minutes? “To be in the afternoon”. Just the...

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