After living in the Middle East for the last six years and spending a lifetime traveling the globe, Israeli-American Charles Moseley and Chilean-born Coté Munizaga-Moseley have settled in Kansas, of all places. And they like it.
“We are happy to be here. I don’t think Kansas City gets enough credit on the national stage,” Charles says.
A promotion led to the relocation, and after a quick business trip to check out the schools and neighborhoods, the family rushed into a rental house in Overland Park. Although it’s temporary, they have made the space their own, bringing collections and curiosities from the corners of the Earth: European, Asian, Middle Eastern and South American objects and art fill the walls and surfaces to a dizzying degree.
“Everything here represents a memory in some shape or form,” Charles says.
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Photos of far-off places remind the family of where they’ve been. Books on every subject are stacked to open the minds of the couple’s daughters, Isabella and Cara, who already are well-educated, well-traveled and quadrilingual. Icons and archangels are especially significant to the family, which is Catholic but also celebrates Hannukah and other religious traditions. Shipping the full-size Buddha — upright —that they pray to was one of the couple’s more interesting challenges in decorating their home.
What is displayed is only a fraction of the family’s belongings. Hundreds of boxes sit unopened in the basement with no place to go. “We’re the kind of people who travel with 500 boxes. It’s ridiculous,” Coté admits with a laugh.
Now that the family’s year-long rental agreement is almost up, they’re embarking on a new kind of adventure: the hunt for real estate and permanency. “I want a house that’s comfortable but not huge, with one dining room, one living room and a big open area rather than all these little rooms,” Coté says. “Wherever we decide to go, I tell my husband, ‘This is the last time we’re moving.’ ”
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