COUNTRY 34: The Netherlands, The Original Cool. Cool!

“Een mens zijn zin is een mens zijn leven.” – Dutch Proverb

His own desire leads every man.

Fast forward to today, so very happy with The Netherlands, his country is really the coolest. Hint hint.. renewed our family’s Schengen visas up to our passports’ validity! Hooray for not queueing in embassies and agencies for the next years to go to Europe! Thank you Netherlands!

Side note – oh yes, we do those kind of things having Turknoys (Turkish + Pinoy) passports! It takes expertise to visit embassies and deal with foreign diplomats to enter first world countries!

Oh well, The Netherlands! We’ve seen this country two times and we can’t get enough!

There’s something about Dutch sense of humor that keeps us very amused in this country.

Scene at the airport. Our first entry experience, it’s a mom-daughter travel so cut us some slack.

Turknoy Mom to Information: Uum where is the Bus Stop.

Information Desk: THERE, To the Right, follow the big bold sign that says…”To Bus Stop..”

Never was I told “stupid” in the most tactful , subtle, yet very constructive way.

Experiences and scenarios like this around the country goes on. Imagine us in the tulip garden and museums asking the locals obvious questions and you’ll get our drift.

This is the only time that one shoe size fits all members of Turknoys

Next to sense of humor, there clarity. And with clarity, there’s ample room for innovation. We see that everywhere. Where else in the world that clogs can be very comfortable, functional and profitable? We rest our case.

#turknoys cheers to more windmills (and cheers to more walls – every family is different and that’s a great thing!) One thing is certain, the winds of change will keep blowing, let’s be ready and be merrily blown away! #setgoals #familygoals #goalsnotresolutions

Windmill and passion goes together in this country, too. Visualize that.

Amsterdam is pure passion!

We’ll keep coming back to The Netherlands for sure.

The Windmill and worldschooling – lots of innovation in between
His first trip with Mom – Holland

I really can’t play (but baby, it’s cold outside) Let’s put the kids away! (but baby, it’s cold outside)

Not going to lie, someday, when the kids think we’re not as cool as we used to be, unlike the timeless coolness of The Netherlands, we are going to a couple’s trip to this country. You know, just to be cool with each other following our inner desires. 🤣

Spring or winter we’ve been to both season and can’t decide which season we like best!

Have you been to Holland? Or other parts of The Netherlands? Do tell.

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COUNTRY 33: Belgium, The Place To Be .. Maybe? Really!

“It’s no use waiting for your ship to come in, unless you’ve sent one out.”-– Belgian Proverb

After our trip to Country 32, USA, we can’t wait to have another piece of European country. The differences between North America and Europe had been so glaring for all members of the family. Pluses and minuses for both region!

But we are biased about Europe! Where civilization and culture supposedly started, not tainted by consumerism and capitalism (not much, at least for our views and perspectives!)

Oh yes, Belgium! Few years back, we had a taste of Brussels as part our worldschooling and mother-daughter bonding. This time around, making it to Country No. 33  all family members visited together with pure joy and cold weather!

Can explaining Atoms to kids be this vivid, fun and interesting?

As much we really like Brussels, Bruges top of list as most beautiful European city! Amidst the rain and the very cold weather, we enjoyed leisure walk around the town with season merriment in the air!

The Turknoys filled with awe and joy in Bruges
Rainy or cold weather, the walk is  must do for this family with happy exploring feet!

After our statement of consumerism in US and getting a breathe of fresh air going to Europe, ironically, we went to Brussels and Bruges mainly to celebrate the Christmas season and we did! The Christmas markets, the late-night skating session, the food, the souvenirs – perfect complement to the majestic landscape and gorgeous classy museum-feel of both cities.

Similar with French food, there’s the rabbit steak for the adventurous like this traveling mom. Well, the Dad settled for good old chicken and fries.

We are what we eat, errmmm?

 

Belgium is like a chocolate elegantly wrapped. It’s exciting to unwrap and even more exciting to taste. And like all chocolates, never ever disappoint.

COUNTRY 32: USA, All Within Your Reach

“Here today, gone tomorrow.” – American Proverb
There are a lot of things to say about THE United States of America visit. At some point in both this traveling family’s parents life, The USA is The World. Well, for the dad, it was literally his world because he was in it. For the mom, that’s metaphorical. There was a time in her life that “living the American dream” is the best dream.

Delaying this country’s visit for several reasons, mainly enjoying the closest continent closest to our homebase, Qatar – Europe. Thirty-one countries after, off we went to USA!

Seriously,  we started humming… “Start spreading the news…we’re leaving today… to the City  that never sleeps! almost a month before we actually go.

Of course, we enjoyed New York – Turknoy Family Style!

We are then ready to explore other cities and states at our will, after Washington DC ! With the free museums, if we are not on schedule, we would never have left the area.
There are a lot of memorable highlights during our road trip  to half of USA with a lot of nostalgic moments for Turknoy Dad. He spent a five years in Denver,Colorado so off we went to explore the entire Colorado State to create memories with kids, and oh my, did we really have range of memorable emotions.
Several days spent in Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaOmaha, Nebraska and Chicago, Illinois are all pleasant to our traveling senses. Not expectedly, the Chicago Children Museum turned out to be a good refuge against the wind and rain.
Truth be told, our favorite State, to date, is.. *drum rolls* The Green Mountain State. We were never-failed floored every moment by Vermont’s fall colors, with the Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour For  Kids ,Vermont Teddy Bear for Kids, Factory Tour and Build -A-Bear , and more importantly  the community and beautiful landscapes of Burlington, Vermont . Vermont-ing seems to  be a nice future hobby for the family.
It’s was Fall 2017 when we visited The New World and since we didn’t blog about our travel goals. We are ready to go back again and now reminiscing our first visit. Our “Some Day, we’ll visit America” is now “It’s been a long time since we’ve been there; feels like ages ago.

For what it’s worth, our family travel stats for our first time visit to our 32nd country, The USA :

Travel days: 30

Days Full of Laughter: 30/30

 

Days Full of Siblings Fight:

 

States Visited:
 

Intercity Train Rides:

 

Delayed Intercity Train Rides:

 

Local Plane Rides:

 

Rent-A-Car:

 

Number of Mega Enormous, Gigantic Delicious, All-American Burgers Eaten:

 

Hotdogs From Hotdog Stands:

 

Apples:

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte:

 

Breakfast In A Bar:

 

Fall Leaves Collected:

 

Snowballs Thrown At Each Other at Bullseye:

 

Number of Days It Took To Get Over the Vacation HangOver:
Number of Days It Took Us to Blog About our USA Experience:
So, did we or did we enjoy United States of America? 

 

Road Trip In Colorado With Kids

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way! “ – Dr. Seuss 



Ohhh my! Time flies when we our family is on our goal realization/ exploring mode. It seems ages ago when we left Omaha, Nebraska on an overnight train to Denver, Colorado. 

In Denver, we have walked the nostalgia lane with the Turknoy Dad as he reminisced his good old days as a working bachelor in the city. Has it been eleven years already since he left US just to meet the Turknoy Mom? Gosh, are we on some time warp speed loop?! ❤️

After two days in Denver, meeting old friends and enjoying Denver Children Museum, off we went for a road trip around Colorful Colorado! And indeed, it was a colorful road trippin’. 
First road trip in the USA and off we passed by State Highway 5, the highest paved road in Road America. What a scenic route it is towards Mr. Evans with an  altitude 14,264 feet (4,347 m)! 

This traveling couple has their kids as photographer! At Independence Pass. Freeeeeeeee!!!

Aspen, Colorado

We head on to Aspen, Colorado hoping for fall foliage. We got that and way more, four seasons! We arrived in Aspen in a very gorgeous fall weather, and woke up to several inches of snow in the morning, summer-y mid-morning, spring in the afternoon and fall again in the afternoon. 
The snow didn’t stop us from hiking the Maroon Bells. The most photographed peaks in North America, so we’ve read. 

We also experienced our first family snowy hike, up to the Maroon Crater Lake. It took us more than two hours to hike up the Crater Lake, barely few minutes before the sunset. We were the last one on the Crater Lake, it feels extravagantly majestic and terrifying at the same time. The kids needed to answer nature’s call, figuratively and literally. After the pee-pp and the family selfie almost every corner of the lake, we had to rush to go back down. We made it in the dark, using our mobile phone as flashlights, of course, not without scary stories and grateful fun ramblings from all of us. 
We have blisters in our feet, and the fantastic traveling dad carried our youngest traveller/ hiker up his shoulder almost all the way! Such strength. We didn’t tell anyone that adventure with young kids is easy, right? It’s worth it, but nothing worth it comes easy,  right? 

 

Four seasons within 24-hour in Aspen, Colorado! This day is definitely going to one our favorite family memory.
“The highest place on Earth is a father’s shoulder!” We just got back home-based. Time to show Daddy’s shoulder some loving and rest. When we were in #Colorado for an extreme #fourseasonsinoneday #familytravel experience, we trekked the Maroon Lake Crater, up the #MaroonBells for more than 4-mile hike in snow day, with the youngest one up in Daddy’s shoulder!
The Turknoys and the Crater Lake And Maroon Bells! A perfect place and time to say Thank You God For All The Blessings with all our hearts together. Solemn, fun, sincere, full of love. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
 

The hiking we’ve done, the weather conditions, the challenges we’ve overcome will always be fondly and profoundly remebered. After all, this is what Turknoy Travels 100 is all about. It’s about realizing milestones we never even considered yet together because we are still part of the matrix of society’s rules. 

This father and some bonding moment is way too priceless, it could melt hearts. ❤️
Of course, after the adventure, we explored the very fancy city of Aspen, Colorado and off we went to two places we almost always go in any city we explore – bookstore and playground. If any city or town doesn’t have any of these, it’s really an indication of the village, isn’t it?   

The Explorers’ Bookstore in Aspen, Colorado
A Playground in Aspen, Colorado
Basalt , Colorado

Although we explored Aspen and Snowmass Billage quite extensively, we stayed the nights in a nearby city, almost one hour drive away from Aspen, Basalt. Basalt turned out to be a like Aspen, and better. Roaring Fork Valley is a river paradise for us. Basalt  sits at the confluence of two Gold Medal rivers, the Frying Pan River and the Roaring Fork River, which is Paradise!!!

Serenity, Peace, Calm … Basalt with Kids 😌
What do you know, our family adores rivers!



Vail, Colorado 

Known as “Little Aspen,” Vail, Colorado is another fancy, skiing and snowboarding, gorgeous, beautiful little town tucked away at the base of Vail Mountain within the White River National Forest. 

Vail, Colorado



Colorado Springs, Colorado

From West to South, we drove almost three hours to enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the Rocky Mountains to visit the Garden of Gods in Colorado Springs. A drive worth every minute. 

Road Trip In Colorado With Kids
Garden of The Gods
“My profession is to always find God in nature. ” #HenryDavidThoreau #Colorado #GardenoftheGods
Road trip with kids in Colorado? We’ll do it again in a heartbeat! 

Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour For Kids 

“Ice-cream is the favorite currency of love. ” – Puck


Taking a break from a beautiful weather and fall foliage paradise, off we hopped into Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour. As if we needed more sugar and cream to add more fun with our naturally hyper traveling kids. 

As if getting a fall foliage treat in Vermont is not paradise enough, a break from nature means Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour! Whooaaa, life is great! Thank you, God, for all the blessings!


We were given a brief introduction about the company and its mission. Well, we are indeed avid fans of mission-oriented kid-friendly activities and places  and with ice cream product, no less! Love, love, dream, travel and ice cream on. That’s what we say!

We love ice cream, we love flavors, we love colors, we love life! Does it show? 😍


Ben and Jerry’s Economic Mission: To operate a company g on a sustainable financial basis of profitable growth, increasing value for our stakeholders of profitable growth & expanding opportunities for development and career growth for our employees. 

After all, Ben and Jerry is a business and business needs to make money. The company is also has shareholders who has investment in the company and, naturally, want their investment to grow. 

Dannndaaandaannn … and at this point, the kids would know what their mom and dad would say to them.  Every family should have a similar mission. Of course, we want sustainable financial basis of continued family earnings so we can increase the value of all our family members. At this point, we achieve that by two working parents, acquired properties and calculated investments. At the end of the end, even though we aim to travel to 100 beautiful countries, islands and landmarks, we also have a mission to create little humans who will make their marks in the world.  

Economic Mission – After all Ben and Jerry’s is a business institution



Ben and Jerry’s Product Mission: To Make, distribute and seek the finest quality natural ice cream and euphoric concoctions with a continued commitment to incorporating wholesome, natural ingredients and promoting business practices that respect the Earth and the Environment. 

As a home educating and worldschooling family, this mission exactly. Of course? Instead of ice cream, we have our kids. Not actually as products but more like, the output of raising up unique individuals enhancing their natural and God-given gifts and their euphoric passions in life. In addition, with respect to the world we live in, including all the diverse living things that live in it. 

Product Mission

Ben ans Jerry’s Social Mission: To operate the Company in a way that actively recognizes the central role that business plays in society by initiating, innovative ways to improve the quality of life locally, nationally and internationally. 

Ben and Jerry’s changing the world one ice cream at a time. Turknoy Travels 100 is commitment to change the world, one family member at a time. 

Social Mission
Hoops, yes, the kids enjoyed he ice cream Factory Tour, too! 
We had a lot of talks but then we had a lot ice cream, too. 


Dad’s Choice – Stephen Colbert flavor ice cream! 😜
Ice cream like it’s summer please…


Guess who wants a truckload of ice cream? 😜



Do you have Life’s Mission while eating ice cream? 😝


Vermont Teddy Bear For Kids, Factory Tour and Build-A-Bear 

“A teddy bear will give you love. A grizzly bear will give you a mauling. Some bears aren’t just the same.” – Anthony T.Hincks

Do you know how a teddy bear is made and born? Well, these three traveling Turknoys definitely does now.

Deciding to have a Teddy Bear?! It’s a big decision to consider, think it through… 😘

Once kids made the big leap of choosing to own a best friend teddy, like life, they’ll be face with more decisions to make, not just for themselves, be for their Teddy Bears. 

Choose wisely all the bear parts and assemble the skeletal and muscular system of the Teddy Bear
 
Fill the Teddy Bear with positive vibes!
Choose any type of positive vibes!
 

A friend for life is born! Complete with brith certificate. Meet WAYBEAR! ❤️
After making their own personal Teddy Bear  BFFs, the Turknoys made a Factory Tour at the Vermont Teddy Bear to check if all the teddies are made in accordance to the quality assurance of all BFFs. Spoiler alert – it does! 
All across USA, Vermont Teddy Bears comply with the most personal customer quality ever for a teddy bear. We saw it for ourselves ❤️
There is Forever when it comes to Vermont Teddy Bears! Lifetime guarantee, including a TLC for every sick Teddy Bear!

We are definitely going home with more luggages than we want. Better yet, from family of five to traveling family of eight, 2 adults, 3 kids and 3 Vermont teddies. Luckily, the kids didn’t choose that big, gigantic bear. 

When we travel
When we travel light like an expert, along came three teddy bears! 😂😂😂
Do you own a Vermont Teddy Bear? 

Halloween Howl For Kids  in Burlington, Vermont 

“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this may come. ” – William Shakespeare, Macbeth 

Wonder Woman / Amazon Woman/ Traveling Woman

Okay, the traveling parents caved in with the kids with regards to participating in a Halloween party while in USA. It’s not that we don’t celebrate Halloween. It’s not that  we agree that it’s anti- religion nor anti-God. It may be a country tradition but how we see it is more like a commercial manipulation while waiting for Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Bring on the pumpkins, the season spices, costumes and gazillion candies and the retailers had October and November sales covered. 
Boy, did we see how customers shopped and crammed getting the costumes. It’s part of what made us want to be part of it – better to experience it once, rather than be nagging on the edge of being bitter about it every year. So, off we celebrate Halloween, kids costumes, party and sweets! 
Shopping done At Party City

Having said that, we choose a free Halloween event and oh boy, did we enjoy.. and the kids, too! It’s a family event in a great weather with friendly awesome people by Lake Champlain. It’s a fabulous event.  We are very glad to joined. 
Halloween Howl in Burlington, Vermont is a spooktakular good time on a hay ride and wandering through the haunted walk with costume contest, music and games! 

Give it up to these spontaneous traveling parents – we planned attending the Halloween event early in the morning and attended late afternoon, not without a couple selfie 👫

Captain America with Dragon Slayer Ninja, Wonder Woman and Pink Power Rangers – Turknoy Travellers! 😘❤️
These traveling kids enjoying the scary walk along the park. Superheroes inside out!

Feels  like superheroes walking around in the park, the forest, by the lake and in bouncy castle, that’s one awesome afternoon spent in Burlington, Vermont. 

Nature and Halloween really goes together… with little bit of scare here and there, of course!
Turknoy Travels 100 in character for the day!
 

Our family members in character while  one in nature is a perfect way to celebrate   an awesome Halloween Howl in Burlington, Vermont.



What’s your Halloween plan? Do share Halloween traditions you do with your family