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  • Day103

    Worldschooling Hub in Luxor, Egypt

    November 28 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    We came to Egypt after a soul-filling week in Morocco to join a worldschooling hub. A hub is a small community of worldschoolers who come together for a period of time for the kids (and adults) to socialize. The Luxor Worldschooling Hub is run by a lovely family where the husband is from Luxor and has a family farm. The hub kids take a van to the farm to spend 4-5hrs each morning doing project based learning activities (NOT school), which the parents have the morning free to socialize, visit temples & tombs without the “how much longer"s, take crafts and cooking classes, and just have some adult time, which is incredible!

    This month’s theme is food for thought, so the kids have planted and tended gardens, cooked Egyptian foods, made smoothies with a bicycle powered blender, learned about different crops on the farm, taken care of animals and even volunteered at the local animal shelter. They also put together a family café where they sold foods and crafts and raised money to donate to the animal shelter. It’s a very crunchy, kid-driven, participation optional, but both our very different kids LOVED it!

    The coolest part of being at a hub has been the people we met. We’ve all had the opportunity to get to know a Scottish doctor and education consultant and their 11 & 9yo boys who are traveling for 6 months; a British family of teachers with 6&9yo girls who were living in Brunei for the last 5 years and are heading to Sri Lanka; a Kansas City homeschooling family where the dad decided being a lawyer was boring and went into the foreign service, first in China before and during COVID and now in Honduras where they live with 3 of their 5 kids, the other two at boarding schools; and an American dad and German mom, who left their conventional life in Boulder to travel indefinitely with their 9yo son.

    While the first week in the hub was probably our hardest week of the trip (due to a variety of reasons, including us arriving a week late in a 4 week hub and the other families already having bonded, our kids figuring out how to be part of a group, us trying to get used to new foods, new culture, new language, new stores with different products, etc…), we all were valuably reminded that it takes time to adjust to new places! The first week in most places we have traveled has been hard, but by week 2, it gets easier. By week 2 in Luxor, we had a routine down, the kids had made friends, we had made friends, and things became quite enjoyable and relaxed. We leave Luxor on Thursday (last day of the November hub) and we are all quite sad to be leaving, but excited to meet up with another worldschooling family with 7&9yo boys to overland in Namibia together for December!
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    Traveler

    It sounds like a very fulfilling week for all of you! Would you sign up for another worldschooling hub after this experience?

    Traveler

    Absolutely! In a second. Are you guys considering going to a hub?

    Traveler

    I’m not sure- I saw there’s one happening while we’re in Florence. It sounds different from yours, in that it’s only a week and we don’t actually drop the kids somewhere during the day, more like families meeting up for outings. I’d like to find one where i go sightseeing all day by myself please 😉

     
  • Day84

    Atlas Mountains & Berbers (by Andrew)

    November 9 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    Hello fellow friend,
    We hiked in the Atlas Mountains and we met the Berber people
    who let us come into their house to eat and drink tea. When we were at their house we met a boy who was 11 years old. He was nice and he helped us dig geodes out of the mountain. At the hotel, we went swimming and played tennis with Papa and I thought that was fun. Grandma got sick during the trip, but did her best to participate when she could. You should come to the Atlas Mountains. There are good hikes, you can find some geodes, and the people are really kind.Read more

    Traveler

    Everyone looks like they are having a great time!

     
  • Day80

    Marrakech (by Lewis)

    November 5 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    Earlier this week, we went to Marrakech with Grama and Papa. We got to have two sleep-overs with them, which was really fun. The hotel we stayed in had a Kids Club, too. There, we got to paint pottery and do archery. At the hotel we got to ride free bikes; speaking of bikes, we got to ride in motorcycle sidecars! You get to ride around Marrakech then go revving around on some dirt! Marrakech is a very exciting place.Read more

    Traveler

    Lewis, did dad drive the motorcycle? I want to go in a side car, that sounds so much fun.

    Traveler

    You bet! And as expected, I was told to slow down by the tour guide.

    Traveler

    this is my surprised face 😶

    Traveler

    😇

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  • Day78

    Marrakech (By Andrew)

    November 3 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    We’re in Marrakech in Morocco to see Grandma and Papa. They flew from Boston just to see us (and we flew from Tel Aviv). We played, swam, and had two sleepovers and I lost my tooth and La Petite Souris (aka “the Little Mouse”) came. The Little Mouse is the Moroccan and French tooth fairy! We did archery and we rode bicycles. We rode around the city in motorcycle sidecars and went off-roading at an oasis. It was bumping in the oasis and I got to go flying (he leaned so the side car would go in the air). It was even more special with my family.Read more

    Traveler

    This was the COOLEST thing I’ve ever seen.

     
  • Day77

    A few more pictures from Marrakech

    November 2 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

    here are some more photos from the gorgeous Jardin Majorelle that we saw the morning before Grandma and Papa arrived. There was about an hour wait to get tickets and another 30mins to get in, but it was SO worth it!Read more

    Traveler

    Looks like lots of fun!

    Traveler

    Love these smiling faces ❤️❤️

     
  • Day76

    Being flexible

    November 1 in Syria ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

    For the 0.005% of you following the news in Uganda, there’s been an Ebola outbreak that we were hoping (for so many reasons the least of which are our travel plans) would be contained to under 100 cases, but has recently spread in the capital, infecting 6 students and many others. We have shifted our plans and rather than going to Uganda to spend time with the Abayudaya (Jewish) community in Mbale, we will be spending 3 weeks in Luxor, Egypt at a worldschooling hub.

    One of the things that has been surprisingly difficult is finding other kids to play with. We were so lucky in Israel to connect with a welcoming worldschooling/ home schooling group of families with a bunch of elementary aged kids. We would meet at a different playgrounds where the kids would create imaginative play games, built castles and a moat with palm fronds, rocks and a water source, play math games on picnic benches, play soccer and run around while the parents shared travel and life experiences. It was fulfilling for all of us to have new people with whom to talk and interact.

    Thus, when we realized we couldn’t go to Uganda where Lewis and Andrew were supposed to go to school and have kids to play with, we tried to find an alternative place where they could socialize. Worldschooling hubs have popped up around the world where like-minded families will gather. The kids will attend a themed camp during the week that’s mainly kid-led play and exploration, while the adults can work or explore the country. There are meals and activities where the families can hang out and be around other people who speak English. On the weekends, the families can go on optional excursions like diving in the Red Sea or taking a felucca to Aswan. Andrew is super excited, Lewis is on board and predictably a bit nervous, and Rob and I are thrilled for the kids to be around other kids, for us to have other parents to interact with, and for the kids and us to have a break from each other. While we really enjoy each other’s company, it’s nice to have some fresh faces and stories in the mix. Now, on to Morocco where we will see Grandma and Papa before heading to Egypt!
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  • Day74

    Hugs in Israel

    October 30 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    The boys have been doing such a great job of posting that if feels like my posts are unnecessary. However, when on a 6hr flight to Marrakech… The last few weeks have been sort of magical. We have all enjoyed slowing down, having a homebase, a park a few blocks away, a grocery shop whose aisles we learned, an amazing smoothie guy who knows our orders when he sees us and watches over our kids as they go and come from the park on their own, a favorite falafel place, a great produce stand where the cucumbers are crunchy, the grapes are sweet, and the dates are soft, and a regular path to the beach that the boys can navigate on their own. We had a wonderful time just living and being in Tel Aviv with short trips to explore the country, including the Golan Heights, Dead Sea, Masada, Ein Gedi, Haifa, Safed, and staying on two kibbutzes, which were some of our favorites.

    We are so lucky to have my grandpa’s cousins, Micha and Ofra, organize multiple get togethers where we got to see and meet our Israeli family. We use the term family loosely as many are 3rd, 4th or 5th cousins, many times removed, but it was all ‘mishpucha.’ I enjoyed reconnecting with cousins with whom I raced up Masada as a teen and having him now teach me and my kids how to make wine, having a Sukkot dinner and meeting a cousin who happens to be a patent attorney who led a CAR-T patent litigation I followed closely, having pizza at a home surrounded by lush vegetation and mature plantings that 23 years ago was new construction surrounded by dessert, and watching our children connect and play with their Israeli cousins and form their own connections.

    The 5 weeks in Israel was capped off with an incredible hug from home when Gila, my co-mom and the boys nanny for the first 6+ years of their lives came to visit us in Tel Aviv. We spend most of the time in the shuk and on the beach, soaking up the sun and the Gila love. Words can’t express how much visits with loved ones fill our buckets.
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    Traveler

    I can not express how much I love your trip and posts and pictures. I will never get to go to any of these places, so I just love living vicariously through all of you. Thank you for taking me on this amazing journey. I am having the best time!

    Traveler

    Waaaaaw I’m sending the Pokémon kippah to Yanai right now, it’s amazing!!!

    Traveler

    It was such an amazing time B'yachad (together)! I miss you all already!

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  • Day71

    Hiking Mt Bental (by Lewis)

    October 27 in Syria ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    Hiking Mt. Bental was fun. Mt. Bental is in the Golan Heights. There is a great view at the top. It's also a volcano!! We got to see a bunker. There are bunkers at the top because there was a war there: the Yom Kippur war of 1973. We went in one of them. There are funny slo-mo videos of it. Andrew said (in a video) hhhhhhhheeeeeeeyyyyyyyyy gggggggggguuuuuuyyyyyyyyssssssssshh. I said...nothing!!! You should hike Mt. Bental!!Read more

  • Day60

    Hiking Mt. Masada (by Lewis)

    October 16 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 90 °F

    Mt. Masada was cool, literally, like chilly cool. We got to see the sunrise, which was my favorite part. There were ruins at the top. We got to see the ancient synagogue. It was hard, but it was fun. The people on Mt. Masada killed themselves because they didn't want to become Roman slaves. There is a lot of history behind Mt. Masada.Read more

    Traveler

    thank you for liking it Daddy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10/16/22Reply
    Traveler

    I am learning so much from your posts! I just love reading about where you are and what you are doing! And I love all the pictures! I'll never get to go to any of these places so it's fun and interesting to follow along with you. Thank you for all the great updates you and your brother write about!

    10/16/22Reply
    Traveler

    Karen - you are the best! Thank you!!! We miss you!

    10/16/22Reply
    Traveler

    I miss you too, but this trip is amazing!! thank you so much for bringing me along!

    10/16/22Reply
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  • Day58

    A Visit from Uncle Mike (by Lewis)

    October 14 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 55 °F

    Uncle Mike's trip to Israel is special. It's special because he was taking time off from coming home to see us. He was very kindhearted to do that. It's also special because... well... because we were together. We were together at dessert(ice cream), we were together at the park exercising, too. It was also special because we got to wake him up with kisses. And it was special because he was with us. We also got to facetime with Ethan and Izzy, which was one of my favorite parts. Family members out there, come visit us!!!Read more

    Traveler

    Thanks so much Mimi, Ethan, Izzy (& Lucy) for loaning us your dad for a day :)

    10/14/22Reply
    Traveler

    heh...; )

    10/14/22Reply
    Traveler

    super fun...thanks for a great day.

    10/14/22Reply
    Traveler

    This meant the world to us; thanks so much for taking the time and effort to make it happen! Miss you already bud.

    10/15/22Reply
    Traveler

    me too

    10/15/22Reply
    Traveler

    your welcome!!!

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