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Taiwan adventure

hot spring.....

We moved to our next destination getting a train 2 hours train from south to the west of Taiwan. We found the hostel and the owner told us where to go and which activities we can do Taitung is small town but has beautiful beach and forest. We rented bikes and went for 2 hours ride in the forest. Yury, Emma and Bader had Their own bike and I and Yuliya had our bike. Renting the bikes were just less than $20 for all 4 bikes with unlimited time. We ate sweet potato that is fried but not heavy was so delicious that the kids ate 3 bags. Then we went and had dinner at small place with the best soup. And also we had some dumplings and fried bread. At night we went back to the hostel where I couldn't go to sleep for mosquito and the heat...stayed at the lobby until 4:30am studying economics....
The next morning we took the train to different town where we stayed at coconut hot spring hotel it cost 40 for 5 people in a nice place. They have spa room in our bath house. However we discovered that 5 minutes up from the hotel they have hot spring for bathing. The place is in the middle of the mountains but accessible by train. The food is great they have variety of rice with meat.
April 27 we took off to another town called Seth town where we are staying at huge farm house that is converted to hotel next to huge water fall and also in the middle of the forest. Everything is accessible by train and the trains are very cheap
Cost about $6 for all 5 of us.

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TRAVELING TO TAIWAN

12 days in Taiwan

April 19 we left Los Angeles airport heading to Taiwan. We were super excited since it is our first encounter with Asian country. After 14 hours flight that I am happy I slept majority of the time. To note the kids watched endless movies. So we arrive in southern China province then we have to wait 5 hours yo get our second flight to Taiwan airport. At the airport we ate some traditional Chinese dumpling, tofu with mushrooms, Yury, Yuliya liked the shrimp dumpling. We roamed the airport to kill some time. Finally, we took 2 hours flight to Taiwan. It was very obvious from the people encounter with us that they like foreigner and especially that we are a family. At the airport everyone looked at the kids and couldn't believe that we have 3 children. Yuliya was the star where everyone wants to touch her hair and talk to her. I didn't know that my children will turn into celebrity in Taiwan. We exchange some money in the airport and took bus to chingou where our host family lives. After using other people phone we got hold of our host and someone give us a left to the station we finally been picked by Our host Vernon to their house. Oh mine feels so good to be home with Laura, Vernon, and Channing the food that was waiting for us was great soup, noddles, mushrooms, some other food that I have no idea what is the name but delicious. Our host family house is huge they have swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and many facilities that are part of their house. In order to get over our jet lagged we swim in the pool and went to the sauna. Then Bader and Emma went to the Night market while I and the kids stayed and slept. The next morning we were ready to start our day with hiking. I forgot to mention that we met another couch surfing family at my house family from Canada. Tom and his son Edwardo. All of us went 2 hours away north into the mountains where the temperature dropped to 7 C. The hike was beautiful however we couldn't survive more than half an hour in this cold. We stopped at the sheep fair where some organizer from New Zealand arrange a fair for showing sheeps and horses. The kids loved roaming around where I and Laura enjoyed a game called 5 in a row. In this game two players play using either black stones of white stones to put in blackboard sheet and the rules are that you have to block the other candidate of creating 5 in row. We ate more noodle soup and hot dogs with garlic. Just to note that the food is delicious and very cheap.
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Heading to Tawian

Our first Adventure in Asian Country

So as usual I always find cheap tickets in advance....this time I was lucky to be able to find the tickets and also have a couch-surfer family
in Tawain. So we will be staying total 11 days in Tawain.....I feel that it will be such a great adventure....with so many things to see and so many things to do....from street night markets, to field filled with tea, beautiful beaches in the south.....We are looking forward to start our Journey....
again we packed very light each person has his own bag......
I will continue the update wit pictures once we arrive there......Airport here we come......

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In search of the Oysters

Trip to Oaxaca and Puerto Escandido in Mexico

sunny 28 °C

So as Usual I booked our flights 6 months in advance to Mexico. This time I was lucky enough to have areo-mexico Sale on tickets
So I booked the round trip tickets for 5 of us....If you are wondering if I spend me too much money....I can just let you know that it is cheaper
to go to Mexico than go to Las Vegas.
We started our Journey with 3 bags as usual....so we don't need to check any bags....Dec 23 we left to Mexico City from Los angeles the flight is about 3and half hours then we connected to Oaxaca city which took about 50 minutes....
Once we arrived in Oaxaca we went to Hostel called Don el Nino which located in buento Juaerez about 8 minutes walk from the center. It is clean hostel with many backpackers that come from Europe. The night cost about $60 for private room just for us and bc it is holiday season.
for single bed it cost $16. We began our walk of the city and the first thing that you notice is the colorful walls everywhere....Oaxaca is famous for the artist movement and use of colors to paint figures usually of animals......The food is so amazing in Oaxaca.....You eat taco in the street carts or even hamburgers and hot dogs and everything is delicious.....Moreover, the typical Oaxacaian food is great such as Mole verde, Mole rojo, etc....
In the Mercado, you go inside huge warehouse that full of mini kitchens and every one try to grab you to their kitchen....You smell all the food you can think of.....Well we wanted to head out of the city to Puerto Escandido...for its beautiful beaches. The ride from Oaxaca city to Purto Escandido took about 7 hours with car sick all the way.....It such a rough road with curves all the way until reaching your destination. OMG, we made it with 3 kids to Puerto Escandido in Dec 25. The sea is so clear and the sand so fine that it is fun to just look at it. The kids jumped right in the ocean it is warm water
and the kids stayed all day in the beach. We even had the chance to visit the turtle Reservation where volunteers take care of Turtles that got sick in the ocean. The kids had the chance to see huge Turtles. We ate fish all day long. from fish taco to fish fillet to fried Fish....all caught in the same morning from Puerto Escandido. Fresh and cheap... We have been to Puerto Escandido 6 years ago and I recall that by walking on the beach there is usually man with buckets full of Oysters. This time, I looked for the Oyster man but nowhere to be seen....The following day we went to different beach that have almost nobody there about 2 miles north of Puerto Escandido....There we saw Huge formation of the rocks and beautiful private beaches for anybody to use.... so we just hopped in and sat down in one of the most relaxing beaches ever....The kids played in the water looked for shrimps, crab, and fish....which is by looking by your bear eyes you can see all of the above.... to go back for my search for the Oysters and Oyster catcher....By walking and jumping in the water I noticed a man cleaning something behind a rock so I approached him and Voila This was the Oyster Man. I ate 12 of them for 100 Pesos that equals $10. A little history about Puerto escandido, it is fisherman village that was discovered by the hippies in 70 and everything still relatively cheap however recent years a lot of Americans and Mexican from D.F comes every Dec to spend their vacation in Puerto Escandido so Prices sky rocketed since our last visit 6 years ago.
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HOME IN DALIAT EL KARMEL

Traveling through Israel

sunny 29 °C

Well so we took the air-plane from Paris to Israel....The line was insane long......That they have to call my name to get pass security to make it
to the gate....Well traveling with 3 kids could be challenging especially in the airports where you need to check your bags and get the kids to go through security.....and then find the seats in the airplane.....The kids were very excited to visit my home town and see all the family.
My Dad picked us from the train station in Haifa....It was great to see my Dad although I have to look for my train tickets for 5 minutes until
I recall where I put them.....to exit the station....sometimes the security guard can be rude and un-considerate especially that I know I got the tickets
but have no clue where I placed them. Finally, I found the tickets and we are in our way through Haifa to my HOME-TOWN DALIAT EL CARMEL..
I love the mountains the scenery going to our town.....I can't stress how beautiful the nature surrounding our town.... The kids were running around the house and the neibourhood to explore everything.....We went to the farm where we surrounded by nature.....We love the fresh air, the view...
The children made friends right-away....Emma my eldest started traveling from one home to the other...meeting people, friends, girls her age...
well it is fun being around family after not seeing them for 3 years....Visitors, friends, Family fun time just began.....
Pictures will follow soon.........
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