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Posted on Nov 30, 2016 |

Snapshots from Our Heart of Hearts Home- BackHome Hostel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Snapshots from Our Heart of Hearts Home- BackHome Hostel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I think it was before flood number two but after flood number one and it’s just the kind of thing I wanted to remember on Today. Today, I’m living my domesticated life here on a mountain-side in Israel. Today, I coached a gorgeous woman who is about to set off on their family’s world travel adventure and asked really powerful questions like, “What if my son blames me later for all that he missed back home?” Today, I sit with purring Kitty Cat and feel grateful that Kobi and I are figuring out how to live without the 9-to-5 lifestyle. Today, I’m so terribly grateful for the normal shifts and struggles and joys of raising three teenagers in a normal life. And so, in honor of today being just as it is; in honor of the November skies thickening and preparing themselves for all sorts of winter rains; in honor our life here at home, I wanted to remember BackHome- our truest home in Kuala Lumpur for 35 whole...

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Posted on Nov 3, 2016 |

Teenage Turmoil & Our Tel Aviv Family Vacation

Teenage Turmoil & Our Tel Aviv Family Vacation

1:47 a.m. ain’t what it used to be. I still love the utter silence, the aloneness, the ability to focus on the only thing making noise in the house- my fingers tapping on the keys. That part of my night-owl-ness I can still connect to. We’re leaving tomorrow for a week-long Israeli road trip and all the doubts of traveling again with my family make swallowing a real endeavor. We found the cutest little Airbnb five minutes walk from the beach. Awesome sponsors ready to make the Tel Aviv portion of the trip beyond kick-ass. Family, friends, and maybe even my long-lost cousins. All real woo-hoo-able. I think it’s the fighting around here lately that is bringing up all my fears and doubts about being in a closed vehicle or closed quarters with my kids. Like it or not, technology and having their own rooms have made our teenage-bursting home life more bearable when the shit hits the fan. Explode and then scatter, each to his own distraction corner....

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Posted on Feb 8, 2015 |

Manti-Ravioli,Yoghurt & Olive Oil-  Red Basilica Cafe & Otel, Bergama, Turkey

Manti-Ravioli,Yoghurt & Olive Oil- Red Basilica Cafe & Otel, Bergama, Turkey

All of this learning magic was made possible because of Fatih at The Red Basilica Hotel who was kind enough to host us for two nights and Izim at SmallHotels.com.tr who was insane enough to coordinate for us a 5-week tour with the Small Hotels across Turkey. We could never say thank you enough to those who believe in us enough to say, “Yes, come, child. I will invest in your dream,” and to Fatih for believing that man is man (regardless of the flag and what governments try to teach us) and that love is love (regardless of where you come from). Fatih, as a retired international basketball referee who had visited Israel many times, reignited in us a passion for sports which we converted into buying a skateboard and soccer ball in Bergama and using with great family passion. YOu can find them on Facebook here and see our arrival Facebook album here. Should you come to Bergama, we truly hope you stay at the Red Basilica Hotel with...

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Posted on Apr 4, 2014 | 2 comments

Carnivorous Food Porn- Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse- Houston, Texas

Carnivorous Food Porn- Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse- Houston, Texas

  I had to find something hole-free, stain-free, and dignified to wear so as not to embarrass that part of my family who actually knows how to hang out with the upper class. No small challenge. Wearing the new 50 rupee (85 cents) scarf from our beloved Shanti pretty much created world peace and stopped the other tragic events about to explode. Scarf  successfully a- pulls the eye away from that one yellowish stain on the torso of the 85 cent second-hand shirt  and b- stops my mother from pursing her lips when she saw what might have been construed as the slightest hint of cleavage. I’m happy, she’s happy. Win-win. So we needed to pick the best restaurant in H-town for this birthday celebration. I’m wearing a mother-approved outfit that my brother later refers to as ‘gorgeous’ so take this raw foodie anywhere and I am chirping happy. We end up at the rusted-finish-door-ranch-style-two-year-old Chama Gaucha in Houston.  We ate more mouth-watering meats and had a more joyful evening than...

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Posted on Mar 3, 2014 | 2 comments

Why Kaula Lumpur Got Perfectly Delicious & Deliciously Perfect- Concorde Inn KLIA, Malaysia [Photo Essay]- Part One

Why Kaula Lumpur Got Perfectly Delicious & Deliciously Perfect- Concorde Inn KLIA, Malaysia [Photo Essay]- Part One

We adore Kuala Lumpur. Everything about her is lovely. Everything! For a family who spent so much time in jungles, on exotic islands, and in very crammed and budget shacks, living in KL was a pure ray of modern light. Of course, when we landed in KL on March 6, 2013, we assumed it would be a quick spot. Come on, we’re Jews in a Muslim country. Clearly, ‘the enemy’ wouldn’t be gracious. Clearly, we’d get our ten minutes of fame as the bodies of five Israelis found slain by the hand of my Islamic fanatic. We hate missionaries too, right? Clearly, we’d land, see we didn’t fit in, and move on. And yet, we lived in Malaysia for 98 days and in Kuala Lumpur for almost half of that time. We relished the Hari Raya Festival, fell in love with the people and ate, did some wild rapids with Nomad Adventure, laughed, and loved adventures, food, and people we never imagined our hearts would embrace with such grace....

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Posted on Feb 6, 2014 | 9 comments

Farting on Flight 4107 & The Best Fart Revenge Story- Mumbai, India- Family Travel Blog

Farting on Flight 4107 & The Best Fart Revenge Story- Mumbai, India- Family Travel Blog

There are few things one could be more proud of then a high-quality fart. This is perfect airplane etiquette, and one sharing moment that clearly should go down in the books under ‘classic’. Yes, poor flight 4107 had to face me farting shamelessly for the entire duration of the flight. This is clearly one of those things I will take to my death bed, lamenting the suffering I brought unto my fellow man by consuming that God-awful almost-pizza thing in the Goan airport. The following video does not show me actually F-A-R-T-I-N-G live as that would be tasteless AND clearly draw too much attention to a situation I was simultaneously causing and pretending was not taking place. For you viewing pleasure, I present one too many TMI-farting confessions in the Mumbai airport bathroom stall, including one that Kobi WILL KILL ME FOR SHARING! And bonus-time, bonus-time, bonus-time: I’m giving you four other really funny fart videos just to make you blush/laugh/shake your head at how inappropriately un-PC I am....

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Posted on Jan 27, 2014 | 8 comments

Keeping That Next Dream Alive- Cool Country Facts about Spain- Family Bucket List #8: Burgos, Spain

Keeping That Next Dream Alive- Cool Country Facts about Spain- Family Bucket List #8: Burgos, Spain

As you may already know we’re going to Spain. And though I speak of it as if it is happening tomorrow, it’ s not, and it may never unfold into our next reality. But Kobi and I are hopeless dreamers and dreamers who have been lucky enough to take the radical steps necessary to make our ship sail in due course towards our ever-afters. We’ve also been extremely blessed by the winds being kind and the storms being relatively benign. We love living like a local and will continue our liquified homelessness and still after our six months in India are over this April, we’re ready to roam again to secret country number 15 [is that right?], Israel,and then Spain. Logically, to keep our dreams vibrant and vivid, and to further produce drool when we start to forget, we’ll pick a spot and do a bit of research to shaken up any fairy dust lethargy. And so…. E-hem. It is my esteem honor to enlighten myself and you with...

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