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Posted on Oct 23, 2012 |

High Pressure Hoses Of Colombia- Time To Be Curious

High Pressure Hoses Of Colombia- Time To Be Curious

This is it. The perfect example of the sort of discoveries you find as you travel the world. Some of them are soul-lifting, heart-warming, life-changing, others are just ‘well, I never knew that’ serendipitously pleasant. And, here, as we drive through Colombia, a country we loved so very much, a country which filled our hearts with so many beautiful moments, we stopped the car. Why? Why do they have this here? Why do they do this? What does this mean and why are there so many of them? And, here’s one, not particularly breath-taking, not particularly memorable every day on-the-road discovery. And it has to do with water, so we love it. But you know what? It is exciting, and memorable, and amazing. You know why? Because we didn’t just pass it, we didn’t hurry off to the next thing. We didn’t miss all the lovely curiosities unfolding around us in the rush to the next thing on our ‘to do’ list. We looked, we talked about it, we...

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Posted on Aug 14, 2012 |

OMG Covered in Foam, Screaming, & Laughing- Cartagena, Colombia

OMG Covered in Foam, Screaming, & Laughing- Cartagena, Colombia

That sums it all up really nicely: OMG, Covered in Foam, Screaming, and Laughing. That covers it. In the darkness, can you see Kobi fighting and getting drenched in foam? Can you see our kids attacked in an all-forces simultaneous forced military move? Can you hear my cackling from hysteria? And if you wait for the end, you can see the enemy spray me to death (even though I had the camera). We had a most crazy, hysterically fun night with these friends. We met them cuz the kids started attacking them with their foam sprayers and laughed and fought, and danced, and shared drinks and laughed some more, all night long.   Oh, this is the Reina Festivals in Cartegena, Colombia. We wrote about it a really well-received, thoughtful, fun piece about it on the blog. With some really amazing photos. (And just for you, a drop-dead gorgeous picture of Kobi in his blue wig! Will you join the We-Are-Dying-To-Do-Kobi-In-The-Blue-Wig- Fan Club? You really should. It’s quite popular....

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Posted on Aug 14, 2012 | 4 comments

Why We Fall In Love- Taganga, Colombia (Photo Journal)

Why We Fall In Love- Taganga, Colombia (Photo Journal)

Yeah, I know, a blog is meant to update you on what we are currently doing. Ok, got it; but, just hear me out, ok? We’ve been on the road for almost a year and a half now, and, what we have experienced is more than I have experienced in the last ten years. An evening, a conversation, a meal can be this a-ha amazing milestone for our souls. And, well, you know, when I was really obsessed with sharing live, every minute by minute play of what we were doing; I lost touch with really being in the moment, really experiencing my life. I was too occupied with ‘wait till I get home to share this,’ so I stopped sharing and started living. And hence, slowly, as my soul allows me, I am sharing. Slowly, between almost-everyday exercise, 5 days of week schooling the kids, teaching Clean Your Soul classes 3 days a week, writing for two blogs I am passionate about, having 2 hour leisurely lunches with...

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Posted on Aug 8, 2012 | 11 comments

Colombia. Is It Safe to Visit With Your Kids?

Colombia. Is It Safe to Visit With Your Kids?

Colombia (República de Colombia), a country with so much paradox.  Before arriving to Colombia from Panama, everyone around us warned us about the potential problem of traveling in such a country with such a history and especially with kids.  I must admit that we did have our concerns and we should had. Otherwise, what parents would we be if not.   But the attitude of so many people toward the idea of traveling the country increased our concerns.  But guess what…?  We enjoyed every minute in this nothing-less-than-beautiful country.   Indeed, the country did have a vast history of drugs, violence, crime, kidnapping, and only God know what more. But today, the Colombians will prove you differently.   The welcoming attitude only shows how badly they want to change the country’s reputation. We faced extremely nice people who not only opened their doors to us, they also opened their hearts in the most hospitable way.  With that,  we still kept our eyes open and made sure we have a safe and fun...

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Posted on Jul 4, 2012 | 14 comments

Let Freedom Ring- DeCapo’s Inspiration

Let Freedom Ring- DeCapo’s Inspiration

Cartagena, Colombia is romantic, quaint, magical. With its narrow old-town streets, softly lit majestic night glow,  and horse-drawn carriages; and she is breath-taking. She hosts her annual Feista de La Reina (Queen Festival) every year on 11-11. This past year it was even unearthly cool with the 11.11.11 thing going for it. We’re walking the streets of Cartagena, on the way to another wild day and night of crazy foam spraying fights, omg delish food vendor stands, and hysterical dancing with the kids. Make-upped beautiful, half-naked, glittery men and women shaking their stuff in lovely rhythmic coordination. It’s moments like these, when you are in the  highest of spirits, loving the feeling of being world travelers, lucky enough to experience all of these unreal, authentic international festivities; that you know, you know you are FREE! And as we roam the streets one night, we are inspired by DeCapo- such a symbol of freedom, right here in the streets of Cartagena, Colombia. And so, in honor of the 4th of...

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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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Posted on Mar 8, 2012 | 3 comments

Power Outages of the Soul

Power Outages of the Soul

Another breath-taking Taganga sunset It was in Taganga,Colombia that we fell in love again with the sunset. It was our first time living off the ocean since Las Lajas, Panama. And what waters they were; and what sunsets- round, whole, orange fleeting sunsets. Taganga is basically your overrated fisherman’s town which tourist flock to for no apparent reason. They have too many power outages, not much too to do, and overpriced corner stores; in addition to, a charm that is hard to verbalize and a laid back energy hard to emulate. We fell in love with Taganga, Colombia. She, and the powerful life lesson she taught us, stay stay fondly imprinted in our minds and hearts. It was in Taganga that Kobi checked off something he had had on his bucket list from our last Latin American sojourn fifteen years earlier: scuba diving! And because we are totally into making all of our dreams come true, we hung out in the MoraMar Hostel off the soccer field while Kobi...

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