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I would like to introduce you to one of the most special families I’ve ever met, the Krinsky’s. This lovely family is from Israel and we had the most wonderful time with all of them in Thailand. I knew from the moment we met, that we would be life-long friends and I thank my little Aston for introducing us. He was listening to Drorit and her daughter and asked me to find out what language they were speaking…so I did.

I bonded with Drorit immediately and we had such an open and honest conversation. Our husbands arrived a little while later and when I first met her husband, Yoav, I immediately felt his warmth and kindness also. He and Dana began talking and we were all happy sharing with one another while our kids played together.

They are terrific parents and individuals. I loved watching all of the kids connect despite the language difference. Ely, their 14 year old, speaks English very well. Pierce saw him as a big brother and wanted to do everything with him. It was precious. Lihu, Shayli and Tahel speak Hebrew but that didn’t prevent them from finding common ground and happily playing together. It was like being with family. They just took us in with open arms and shared so openly and honestly about their lives, their kids’ education, growing up in Tel Aviv and so much more.

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I learned so much from them. I was fascinated by their mentality, along with the beliefs and values they hold and live their lives by. The warmth of their hearts, touched me deeply. I felt for the first time, since having kids, that I was part of a community and that we, as a family, were part of their family. It was an experience I cannot put into words. It was heart warming and amazing.

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There are a few things I want to share which I learned from them. They believe it is best to encourage childhood curiosity and for an extended period of time. The combination of this curiosity with the structure that comes later, supports their inquisitiveness. They encourage their kids to explore and discover the world around them. Daily routines and core academics have their place, but beyond the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. Creativity should be encouraged. Knowing how to make decisions is important and they teach their children to understand their values. This builds a stronger foundation in which to learn and nurtures their curiosity into a focused inquisitiveness as adults. This ability to remain curious and inquisitive should never be taken for granted. This, and the understanding of one’s values, helps children develop strong ethics early in life. The way they live inspires me and I do my best to live this way, every day. I felt like in so many ways, we were speaking the same language and were so connected. The fact that we were raised and now raising our own children across the world from one another, doesn’t change this.

I also learned that everyone in Israel is required to join the army when they turn 18. Men are required to join for 3 years and women, for two. After their army term, they are encouraged to travel for one year. It is after this period, that young adults begin University. They enter their University education with more of an understanding of what it actually is. They are more focused and have a better idea of the world around them because of their travel and army experiences.

I learned so much more in the short time we spent together, but most importantly, I am grateful to have them as friends. I feel very lucky to know them and I am so excited and inspired to visit Tel Aviv. Thank you Drorit, Yoav, Ely, Lihu, Shayli and Tahel for sharing your precious family time and your sincere warmth and kindness, with us.

Sending you lots of Love and many hugs and kisses from Vietnam.
We will see you again very soon, dear friends.

I also want to mention other very special people we met in Thailand. This country and this part of our trip were truly enriched because of the people we crossed paths with and had the pleasure of spending time with.

First, I’d like to acknowledge Fah and Sven. We met this lovely couple and their adorable daughter in the hallway one evening, in Bangkok. They are the ones that led us to, what is now, one of our very favorite places on Earth, The Pimalai Resort and Spa in Koh Lanta. We were still undecided on which beach we wanted to spend time in so, because of their enthusiasm about this place, we booked it upon their recommendation. The meeting was definitely one of those that felt meant to be. When we were enjoying Koh Lanta during our stay, we kept saying how it was because of that brief meeting with them, that we ended up there. Thank you, you guys. It was so nice meeting you and we look forward to seeing you in Beijing.

Drorit Krinsky’s brother and his wife and children from Israel. Her brother taught the boys a little Hebrew while we were there and the kids happily played together. We all spent time talking and learning about each other and our travels. We look forward to visiting your country and spending time together very soon.

Drorit Krinsky’s brother, Eli and his wife, Yonit and their children Lihie, Rani and Yali. Eli taught the boys Hebrew while we were there and the kids happily played together. We all spent time talking and learning about each other and our travels. We look forward to visiting your country and spending time together very soon.

Helga and Gerhard are from Austria and have been living in Shanghai for 17 years. We plan on visiting them while there. They are very special people and the boys practically took Gerhard's hand off daily with all of the high fives they gave him! Thank you both for all of the valuable information you provided for our remaining time in Asia. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Helga and Gerhard are from Austria and have been living in Shanghai for 17 years. We plan on visiting them while there. They are very special people and the boys practically took Gerhard’s hand off daily with all of the high fives they gave him! Thank you both for all of the valuable information you provided for our remaining time in Asia. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

~ Priscilla and Alec from Palo Alto…I look forward to seeing you again in California. You are a beautiful couple and I enjoyed the brief time we spent together. Priscilla, I will always remember Frankenstein! xoxo

~ Roman, Dana’s scuba instructor from Czech Republic…It was so nice meeting you and we will definitely see you again soon.

~ Frank and your truly, lovely wife, Z…(I was so busy trying to get the pronunciation correct when we met that I am now afraid to write her name in fear of messing it up) 🙁
This couple is from Berlin and I just adored them. I wish I had a photo. They have been together for 25 years and look like they are 25. They radiate happiness and joy and love. They swam in the rain, they always held hands, they made me smile…every day…from afar. It was so wonderful to be in your presence and to feel your powerful energy. Sending Much Love to both of you. We hope to see you in your amazing city on our next visit.

…and to all of the wonderful and friendly people at Pimalai Resort who high fived all day long and spent time getting to know the boys and our family. We will be back and we thank you for your kindness and hospitality.

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…Until Next Time.

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