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European Blended Family Vacation
Cheryl and Sophia are headed to Europe this summer. They are going for a month and planning to stay with my dear friend who lives in Germany. If you’ve been following this blog, you may recall that Eva, my middle daughter, has spent the last two summers in Spain and France. Paul and I decided that this year it was the other girls’ turn to experience an international adventure.
Needless to say they are both thrilled beyond words. They’ve been plotting their itinerary, which includes a few excursions to Italy and France, and Skyping each other frequenly, since Sophia is still away at college. I’m a strong supporter of travel, particularly to foreign countries, because I know from my own experience that it is a life changing event. I went to Italy and Greece when I was 17 and I will never forget it.
Originally Sophia was going to go alone. I wanted her to have the worldly experience of staying with my multi-lingual friend, who works as a translater, to give her an edge in her chosen field of study, which is International Affairs. I considered sending Cheryl too, but I was worried it might be an imposition to send two kids to visit. My friend, however, did not seem to think so. When I contacted her to ask if Sophia could come visit she said an emphatic yes!, and then asked if Sophia would like to bring a friend. Sophia, knowing how much Cheryl has expressed an interest in travel, immediately asker her to join her.
And there you have it. Our house is very happy and buzzing with excitement.
Very soon we will find out what country Eva will be visiting next year for her Rotary study abroad program. I’ll keep you posted.