Home is not a place, it’s a feeling!
Our slow traveling way of living comes from a long number of defeats and struggles. When we believed we won we soon came to realize that we actually lost and vice-versa. So in time we learnt that after every harsh time there was something amazing coming up.
We once believed that having a house of our own would make us happy so we worked hard for several years and we built the house of our dreams in Timisoara, a very nice and friendly town in Romania. In several months, our excitement vanished and we were back looking at one another with the same feeling of disappointment, feeling so empty and blocked.
Hard work, heavy bills, no time for us or kids, no time for reading books, looking to the birds or enjoying the sun… We had already moved from our birth place, Bucharest, to Timisoara so travelling came as a natural choice for us. We chose to travel because we like to experience and learn new things and because when you travel you stick together.
After a while we moved to Portugal, an amazing country that became our home for the next six years. Portugal was like a breath of fresh air, calm and nice people, warm ocean and beautiful landscapes. We bought a car and a trailer and we traveled all the way from Romania to Portugal. We felt alive, happy and free.
Last year, we decided to move to Peru and was one of the most important and inspired decision we have ever made. We sold almost everything that kept us away from the ultimate freedom. Our possessions fit in 5 travel bags and all our memories in our hearts (and an external hard 🙂 ). Simplicity is for us the true sophistication. After an adventurous year in Peru we are almost ready to spread our wings to new experiences in South America.
We bought an epic Vw Combi 1974. For 4 long months our new Volkswagen home is in a “Taller” in Pisac, Sacred Valley.
We repaired the engine, we changed all important parts, we patched him and now he is ready to receive a new fresh face! All these months were a lesson of patience. Though, it’s very easy to be patient and to enjoy life in this sacred place, surrounded by mountains, tropical fruits and crazy friends!
As you already know, our children are unschooled. They developed a sense of responsibility and they are learning every day something new, developing freely in their own area of interest.
Carla is learning mathematics, chemistry and physics, Aris is learning Photoshop and he is editing his photos by himself and Ana, 5 yo, has just wrote her first letter to Santa Claus.
They are so excited for the next adventure that they are planning to draw their own pirate map. After one year in Peru we can say that:
– we work less and read more
– we cry less and laugh more
– we eat less meat and more fruits and vegetables
– we have less diseases and more health
We will keep you updated with our route in South America. Soon on Iamfamily.eu!