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Just dropped daughter off at the airport for 3.5 months in Europe...

Just dropped daughter off at the airport for 3.5 months in Europe...

Jun 15th, 2010, 12:37 PM
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Excellent: hope she has a great time. DS2 great adventure tour of Europe on college graduation was an envious time for us. We shopped for a backpack and rolling bag, helped him pack and wished him luck. He had a FABULOUS time and brought home great memories and souveniers for his Mama!

Wish I had done it.
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Jun 15th, 2010, 01:49 PM
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Did that 23 years ago when she was 19 and she's still there! She went on a college work exchange to work in a pub for one year. She now heads a huge foundation in London.
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Jun 15th, 2010, 02:23 PM
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Wow, what a wonderful trip!
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Jun 15th, 2010, 02:34 PM
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Knowing how much you travel icuy, I'm sure you will be meeting up more than once but like stcirq, I don't know if she can stay that long???
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Jun 15th, 2010, 03:19 PM
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I will be in Norway next week, lcuy. I'll look out for her. Tell her to wear Viking horns so I recognise her. I will be the old guy co-habiting with the trolls.
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Jun 15th, 2010, 06:32 PM
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What a crack up reading about the 70s travel experiences and even the 60s. I was still in elementary and middle school in the 60s, until 69, so I hit the international roads in 73. And as one said above, back then we only called home if something serious was going on or to just check in a basically say that we were still alive, hadn't spent any time in jail, and were behaving ourselves to the best of our ability.

And I remember not even calling home when I had run out of a stable supply of money at the end of 11 weeks and only had about $50. left and was also at the end of my valid 3-month Eurail pass. I had to get from Copenhagen, where I lived during the summer months, to Brussels to catch my flight back to L.A. I ended up overnighting at a monastery in Brussels, as I didn't want to sleep in the airport.

I took the train to Brussels from Copenhagen, called the monastery from a pay phone, and Father Albert told me to take a taxi and that he'd pay for it. I had met him a couple of months prior, through some close Flemish friends, and had jotted down the name and phone number of his monastery. I arrived by taxi, rang the monastery bell, he came out and paid the taxi fare, and then took me into a beautiful building and gave me a beautiful, huge room and attached bathroom. I was the only female there.

We then went to the common room for dinner and I stood in the soup line and got my food and then we sat at long, wooden tables and chatted through the meal. We then left the dining room and went to the monastery bar and I was asked if I wanted a Stella Artois. I declined and had a soda. We talked and I then went to my room and had a great sleep and woke up the next morning, was fixed breakfast, and Father Albert got me a cab to the airport and paid for it. I'll never forget that great experience. Priceless. One had to really think on one's toes back then. No parents to bail us out of non life-threatening experiences. Smiles. Happy Travels!
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Jun 15th, 2010, 06:33 PM
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Oh, hi Carol. Happy Travels!
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Jun 15th, 2010, 06:35 PM
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Hey, dogster, nice to see you here by way of icuy!!
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Jun 15th, 2010, 06:50 PM
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Quokka: I'm laughing hysterically. Yes, it's true...postcards and letters and they took 10-14 days to receive. But, I did occasionally call home. Plus, sometimes I wanted to know if I had gotten any important mail as during some of those many summers that I was living overseas, I was at university here, so I sometimes needed the parents to take care of some of my university business while I was away the whole summer.

A friend and I came up with an idea to send each other letter cassettes back and forth instead of writing letters as one could get more info in. In Copenhagen they had letter cassettes at the post office. They were red cassettes, the color of the Danish postal service. You bought one and the envelope and postage was included to some countries. To other countries additional postage was needed. You took it home, recorded a letter, and then put it in the postal envelope and dropped it in any mailbox.

One of my best friends was my age, but was away studying at university in West Africa for a year. So, when I got home to L.A., from Denmark, I would use a regular cassette, and then record all of the happenings and latest music and then mail it to her in West Africa....3 weeks or more to get there. She'd record the sounds of West Africa and the music and voices of people along with a very long letter, of the happenings; having to wash her clothes in the river, electrical blackouts, so many lizards running around in her dorm until they named them, purifying water, etc. It got me ready for my African adventures in the early 80s, as she was there mid 70s. Smiles. Happy Travels!
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Jun 15th, 2010, 07:32 PM
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wow ...did that in 1978 when i graduated from u of fla... flew to amsterdam and got a eurail pass ......no cell phones...i waited in line in venice for 2 hours to change $$$.....drank our way down the rhine river.....up into the swiss alps..... how could i ever forget the experience.... i traveled alone.... lots of growing up... congrats...you done good lcuy

my son spend 2 summers whil in undergrad studying in alcala de hernes near madrid...went on a grad school study abroad program in capetown.... gotta smile...makes me proud!! the world is to be seen
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Jun 15th, 2010, 10:54 PM
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Dogster- Look for a very tall (like that will unusual in Norway!!) Eurasian girl who has brown hair and has a black backpack. Don't know if she'll have the Viking horns on yet, but call out "Lucy" and she'll notice. Wouldn't that be funny? I've been hoping to meet the dogster for years, and he''l find my daughter, not in India, but in Norway! I'm telling her to stay away from trolls under bridges though....
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Jun 15th, 2010, 11:54 PM
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Lucy, if your daugther goes to Portugal, France, Spain and Catalunya (Barcelona), tell her not to go near any bullring, and not go in it I meant! It´s the worst thing some tourists do, and they regret it! Bullfights are torture scenes of bulls, who seem very strong, but in fact it´s alla lie. The bulls are weaker than they seem, because of being hit and not given food for days, and the poor horses are even worse.
So please tell her my advice.
I´m from near Barcelona, and most Catalan people hate bullfighting and we want to prohibite it. Soon out Parliment will be voting weather to stop it or not. It will be in July!
It will be big newd if it happens!!
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Jun 16th, 2010, 10:01 AM
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Trust me, there's no way she would go to a bullfight. La Tomatina in Bunol would be more her style!
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Jun 16th, 2010, 11:05 AM
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Good to know Lucy. I´m pleased.
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Jun 16th, 2010, 12:20 PM
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My DS and his girlfriend were in Europe for 7 weeks last fall, and we heard from them (email or skype) regularly. Many of the hostels they stayed in had free internet or suggested an internet cafe where they could skype us from. They even stayed at a hostel that had free international phone calls. We worried about them (as all parents do) but because they kept in touch it made the time go by very quickly. I'm sure your daughter will be safe and have wonderful stories to share with you as she enjoys her 3.5 month adventure!!!
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Jun 18th, 2010, 10:27 AM
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Yes, Lucy, I remember when phones would sometimes malfunction in Europe and then the phone calls could be made to the States or wherever else for free. I really laughed when you posted that one above. I remember, all the young people running around announcing that such and such phone had malfunctioned and that one could make a call for,"free!". And the lines would be so long until it looked like a midsummer day at Disneyland. LOL! I wouldn't exchange having traveled throughout the 70s for anything in the world. Happy Travels!
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