Today we have the tale of The Nomadic Family. Gabi, Kobi, Dahnya, Solai and Orazi – oh how we loved meeting them!
We hired an RV to drive from California to Texas and while we were in Texas we decided to buy a car (as you do!)
We had already decided not to drive as far south as Houston.
We aren’t really very good in big cities. I don’t know why. We just don’t have the exploring knack unless we can go on foot. We don’t love museums that much and often the “things to do” list for any given town on the internet includes 6 museums, the local markets, a shopping centre and on one occasion a bakery!
Who writes those stupid lists? Why would someone who is travelling want to go to the Mall? Unless they are from another culture. Or on an actual SHOPPING jaunt! In which case, great! Otherwise it’s not high on my list of local attractions!
So Houston was set to get the flick. But then I saw that Gabi and family were in Houston. They were hanging with her mum before they started the next part of their journey in SE Asia – the place we had just come from!! Suddenly it didn’t seem so far!
Gabi and I have talked online for almost a year now – nothing major – just the odd update or comment on each other’s blogs now and then. She’s a free spirit and I was pretty sure she was completely mad and fun! All things that add up to a must-meet person!
So we drove on down to Houston! Visited the NASA Space Centre in the morning and met the Klaf family for lunch about 2pm.
I was so excited!
We arrived at the restaurant first and were waiting inside the glass doors. As soon as they arrived we knew them – you’ll see from the pics below their kids have the MOST AMAZING HAIR!!
We kinda screamed and there were crazy hugs all round! My favourite greeting! Brittney said later and also blogged about how she knew she liked The Nomadic Family immediately – even through the glass!
They are just like that!
So we hung out and had lunch. Gabi tried to stick to her raw food diet but kept stealing bites of pasta and ice cream off Kobi’s plate! Funny, funny!
The kids got along famously and ran riot through the restaurant! Luckily it was a salad bar type set-up, so not too swish!
We had so much fun that we tagged along with them into the city where they were meeting friends of theirs for dinner!
The kids canoed…….
We giggled hysterically when we had to sign a safety disclaimer, they all had to wear life jackets and be supervised….The water was only thigh deep!
Didn’t these people realise all our kids had been riding in the back of trucks without seatbelts? Walking straight across roads with 10000 cars coming at them? Eating food from street corners where cats were lounging next to the chopped up chicken? And basically feeding monkeys, elephants, tigers and every other animal they came across!! Ahhh…..western safety standards!!
Then we ate…..
When it was time to go home Jono wanted to have a sleepover so we left him and agreed on a place to pick him up the next morning. Well kinda…….
It didn’t seem wierd at all, even though we’d only met in person a few hours before. And really – we could always track them down from their blog right? It’s not like they could HIDE!
Next morning…..we can’t find the park to pick Jono up! We can’t get them on facebook! Neither family has a phone!!
By lunch time we give up and go to a restaurant while we wait for a facebook message! As soon as we order, we get the message (typical!)
We organise to meet at a bank nearby and retrieve our baby!!
Too bad we forget to update facebook so all our friends in Australia think he’s missing for 6 hours!!
Gabi & Kobi’s friends were apparently amazed that we left Jono after 5 seconds of “knowing” each other!
But anyone who has a chance to meet The Nomadic Family will soon agree…they are well worth leaving your childen with!
Here’s the pic from the park before we abandoned our spawn….
Good of Kobi and Gert to coordinate their shirts for the day huh?
Later in the week I’ll be sharing the VIDEO of Gabi doing Zumba in the park. She was so enthusiastic!!
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