Driving towards Bethlehem in West Bank is a bit adventurous. Navigation is not supported, so you follow Street 60 through Jerusalem and wait for signs until you’re able to follow them. Then slowly traffic decreases more and more…

If I get to a new place, I usually need some time to digest what I’ve seen. That’s one reason, why this blog is not proceeding as I’ld like it to be. This is even more true after our trip to Cuba. But some of the first impressions want to be told and written down.Of course we knew that we would experience something different by signing up for a bit more than a week in Cuba.

This will be a tough one. It seems like since quite some time there are so many books, blog posts, magazine and newspaper articles around, which try to help out on this topic.

Living in Munich quite close to the Alps we are used to mountains. We love seeing them, hiking to places we don’t know and check our physical abilities by getting up there.Of course nowadays we’re a bit limited as to the hikes we choose, as we have to carry our two little ones as well, even though Linnéa already walks amazing distances for her age on her own two feet. In her own speed, with some kind of reward expectation at the end.

Since we started the trip we were thinking that it should include a helicopter ride. First of all because we had never done it before. On top, even though the kids are doing great, we cannot hike as long as we’d wish for…

Recently Linnéa and I were talking about various things. How she likes all the travelling. What she likes best. And what’s still ahead of us. Niklas was sleeping during that time. I love those moments. To discover how she’s thinking. What she’s worrying about. And how this changes so much over time, especially during the last year. For me it feels like there are three phases of developing since she was born with a clear focus on one visible ability.

There are few occasions when you actually realise the forces of nature and how little you can do when you experience them. Just accept it. Twice on our trip I felt full of respect, a little fear and quite a bit of curiousity. Once in Cairns, when a type 4 cyclone was expected to hit the city, but turned out to hit the shore further north. It was interesting how it was the topic in the city over days.

Now, as we’re about to leave our second place on our tour, it’s noticeable how the every day life changes depending of the environment you’re actually in. Daily routines, things you do, you enjoy and look forward to change from one day to another when the environment changes. The kids and myself didn’t even notice it so much at first, but now looking back it feels like we’re living completely different.

Daniel Wilms

living in tel aviv. parent of two kids. husband. explorer. enthusiastic about my family, bike-swim-run, photography, cooking, baking. traveller. idealist. optimist. passionate triathlete.

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