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Posted on Jul 19, 2011 |

in the schoolyard

in the schoolyard

we saw some big and small miracles at work in the schoolyard in la lucha de la tigra… Here, our eldest, Dahnya, learns how to play a new version of an old favorite game we play in Israel. We’re at the farm school in La Lucha de la Tigra in Costa Rica. It’s a simple, yet magical moment when we witness our kids playing with others, bonding, though they both speak foreign tongues. Here in the farm community in La Lucha de la Tigra in Costa Rica, we found, along with Julio and the rest, ants. What a wonderful school the world is turning out to...

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Posted on Jul 19, 2011 |

La Lucha School

La Lucha School

Volunteering in the rural school of La Lucha de la Tigra, Costa Rica changed our lives. We were welcomed and loved whole-heartedly by an entire community. We spent whole days in the school, after schools at friends’ houses, and many weekends with overnight company, mostly Ever. Our kids marched into classrooms in which neither the teacher nor the students could speak a word they could understand. As an ad hoc English teacher on the road throughout Latin America, the rewards of teaching has  ALWAYS been watching my kids gain friends from it.           Days of the Week Song Ok, so you caught me red handed. Yes, I totally made up the song, but, really, it helped them learn it. Those names are really long and hard to pronounce....

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Posted on Jul 18, 2011 |

Free Rainforest Exhibition

Free Rainforest Exhibition

  en route with my son’s new best friend Ever We know many who have paid $100 a person for a day in the rainforest. WE DID IT FOR FREE!!! So cool, and just one example of what is available to you when you are a nomadic family:  travel slowly, live with the locals, and get to experience EVERY TOURIST ATTRACTION IMAGINABLE for free! We’ve had so far over a dozen such experiences. This exhibition was led by our neighbor Oscar who took us for a four-hour exhibition through rain forest, fields, and valleys. We went with my son’s new best friend Ever. I still can’t seem to write about  Ever too much. I just loved the boy too much; what he meant to my son, too much; how he made us feel like we were so there for him. And then, we left. And I’ve left part of my heart there in the farm village of La Lucha de la Tigra, Costa Rica. So, for now, he’s pictures...

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Posted on Jun 27, 2011 | 2 comments

Best Friends, Cowboy Gatherings, & Pineapples

Best Friends, Cowboy Gatherings, & Pineapples

“Oracio es me mejor amigo”(orazi is my best friend) Ever (the boy’s name) says, as he hugs my boy.Somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good. My motherly heart is overflowth. The rest of our day pales in comparison, it’s just details compared to that. But, it’s still worth sharing cuz it was amazing. We spent our day 100% with the locals of La Lucha celebrating a country fair!!!! We woke up, excited to see Ever and pay for his admission to the fair which he was not going to attend because it was expensive. Turns out his family, like ours, and yours make decisions as to how they wish to spend their money wisely. And like kobi and I opted out on all those expensive but wonderful kids’ plays that came to town because we thought the price was so high; his family also opted out on the day’s events.Oracio couldn’t bare the thought of Ever not spending the day at the event with...

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Posted on Jun 24, 2011 |

Costa Rican Shabbat

Costa Rican Shabbat

As a nomadic family, we are honored, when (once in a while) we get to share magical moments with our new friends. Here, on the ranch in La Lucha de la Tigra, Costa Rica we had so many magical sharing of cultures. This recording shows Cintia Lula Sonia and Sonia’s sister with us for the traditional Jewish Welcoming of the Shabbath. Touching. Ah… I miss our friends from the La Lucha. This was our very first Shabbat Dinner with Costa Rican friends. I had just finished teaching the English Class to the neighborhood group and the kids got so excited that it was Friday night. Though I was soooo tired, I couldn’t say no to their heart-felt desire to love and share our tradition with others. They came to the class (in a pavilion under the house) with bread and grape juice to do the blessings. After they recited the blessings in Hebrew (and the whole class just sat there gazing in amazement and awe), they ran to set...

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Posted on Jun 22, 2011 |

Stay or Go

Stay or Go

When you are a nomadic family scaling the globe, you have total freedom to decide each and every next step. Very cool, and, at the same time, very over-whelming. These two videos reflect our confusion and how we’re trying to wade our way out of it. So what do we do right now. we’re still debating over ‘Winter Storms of The Soul’ trying to decide what to do. Economics, tour more or volunteer more? Travel for longer on cheap or travel for shorter and see more of the countries we volunteer in? We’re facing this challenge for the first of many times. When to leave? When to stay with the new friends and community we volunteer in? When to say goodbye and move on to the next place? It’s hard when you finally establish trust in a community, you start volunteering, you actually make friends; and then you walk away to again, become a stranger. So, ‘Winter Storms of The Soul’ have calmed down. We will stay in our...

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Posted on Jun 22, 2011 | 2 comments

What I’ve Learned This Week- June, La Lucha de La Tigre, Costa Rica

What I’ve Learned This Week- June, La Lucha de La Tigre, Costa Rica

As a nomadic family living on a remote ranch in Costa Rica, we discovered new and marvelous things. In this entry, I want to share 11 surprising and wondrous insights from our lives here. 11 Surprising and Wondrous Insights From Life on the Ranch 1. Bottled Water That it’s considered crude and uncultured for the teacher to drink out of a water bottle. (maybe it’s like a drunk?) Teachers, if at all, are expected to drink out of a cup. (Learned this gem when I did the unspoken and all the students got wide-eyed, classroom became dead silent, and a few put their hands to their mouths to suppress the giggles.)   2. Valiant Souls That Orazi and Solai can walk into different classrooms in which neither the students nor the teacher speaks a word they understand. And that they will wait, anxiously, to reenter that foreign land the next day. 3.  The Fruits of Our Labor That mango, coconut, pipas and carabolas taste so amazing right off the...

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