to get to that place where you don’t have to be anything else.”
Kobi was born in Jerusalem and is a ex-high-tech manager turned passionate dog trainer. He is the voice of sanity when we get lost. Kobi loves nature treks, running and biking, watching movies, training dogs, making people laugh, and playing the harmonica. He also loves reading Dean Koontz and Michael Connelly. He (and Gabi) theoretically eat a raw-food diet but can’t resist an occasional steak, his mother’s cooking, and (well, really) anything else that comes our way.He loves hugging people.
Gabi loves nature, being healthy and in-shape, reading, writing and playing guitar. She loves the wind, dancing, and really soul-felt lyrics. She is a family therapist with a strong belief in our ability to spiritually heal ourselves. She loves long talks and longer walks with Kobi, and is a lot nicer to be around when she has decent chunks of time alone. Gabi is now studying Buddhism and incorporating that into her therapy with Skype clients around the world, and in her online Inspiration and Enlightenment Site.And here’s the sweetest part: In addition to parenting, family life and trauma therapy, Gabi is now offering Make Your Dreams Come True/We Wanna Travel But.. Coaching too. Engage with Gabi!
Dahnya loves drawing, reading, singing, playing with her Petshop friends, and cooking. In Israel, she played violin and studied Taekwondo. She loves trying new foods, writing stories,and cuddling with her stuffed animals. She’s officially become a book-worm now, reading with her flashlight under the covers until almost midnight most nights. She is our great and wise teacher who is forcing us to become better parents.
Because of his blond curls and big blue eyes, Orazi gets lots of attention everywhere! He doesn’t yet understand why. He loves anything that he can pretend blows up, makes a lot of noise, battles and destroys, or throws well. He loves making weapons, and is addicted to refined sugar (a constant issue with his health nut parents). He is kind, generous, and gentle to his sisters one minute and raising hell and terrorizing them the next.
There’s nothing Solai won’t climb. She’s tough. She falls, and bounces right back up- unless it’s her feelings that get hurt, in which case she doesn’t bounce as fast. She loves fairies and kittens, math, and her sister (when she’s not fighting with her). Solai has burnt honey brown eyes, a soft round face, and endless marvelous questions about God, the Universe, and how it all fits together. Solai teaches us about giving others, about how frustrating it is when others do not listen to you, and to notice those tiny details in life that bring the greatest joy to the careful observer.
“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains,
at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of
the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.”
Welcome to A Family Discovering Ourselves as We Meander the Globe!
Q: Who in the world came up with this ridiculous idea? And Who fell for it?
A: Always blame the wife, even though it was Kobi’s dream. We’re really not sure anymore.
Q: What does it look and feel like to ‘discover yourself’ as a family on the road?
A: Messy, ugly, colorful, very noisy; sometimes quiet, painful, enlightening, bittersweet, often divine and peaceful.
Q: When do you plan on ‘coming to your senses’ and settling down?
A: Not really being there and seeing our children because we were too concerned with money, and tired, and busy… is that “sane”? We settle down in many countries for 1-3 months, and then move on. And we’ll settle down in Israel again, when it is right for us (or the money runs out!)
Q: Where have you found your inspiration and self discovery?
A: In our river in the ingenious village in Ecuador, in the ranch rainstorms in Costa Rica, in those moments where we connect to another human being, in the Peruvian sunsets, in the silence, in ourselves.
Q: Why did you leave your lovely lives in Israel?
A: Back home I used to move all the furniture in the house every two weeks. We both thrive on change. We all find that being ‘naked and nameless’ allows us the freedom to discover ourselves. And… we may die tomorrow; so, exactly when will it be a ‘good time’ to make our dreams come true?
Q: How do we afford this? Stay sane with three young children? Educate them?
A: Voluntary frugality, and we can’t afford it, we create it as we go.
Our kids are very patient with their parents’ insanity.
And the world is the finest classroom there is (in addition to us actually schooling them when we are in the groove to do so).
So we set out to Explore the World; we are actually Finding Ourselves; and now we know that this is the Stupidest, Gustiest, Best Decision We’ve Ever Made.