Traveling is the key to learning about yourself and the world. This is one of my “mother mantras” – telling my children, their friends and anyone that will listen that visiting places you have never been is one of the best ways to touch history, expand learning and find your path. I have experienced many places in the world, I have happy places and significant landmarks where I felt overwhelmed with a range of emotion. I want that for my family – that feeling of being very, very small and taking in all of the wonders around them on a trip of a lifetime.
I am about to get that wish………….
My sweet girl is headed out on her very first trip without anyone by her side. While it terrifies my mother heart – it also brings me a tremendous wave of excitement and anticipation. I want to hear about all the things she sees, learns and experiences on her 33 day adventure.
She is headed to Florence Italy via a summer abroad program with her university. She will have 4 room-mates in a small apartment, but she knows no one. She is worried about money – It was her dream to travel abroad and her Dad and I are letting her own that. We paid tuition – but she is responsible for feeding and keeping herself. Her savings has been draining and it is stressful. She realized that she was not sure how to get a taxi from her apartment to the airport on her last day there……You get the picture. She is processing all of this. She is tremendously excited, but learning at every moment – this is teaching her. We are her safety net – but not rescuers. She will change on this trip – but she will have the time of her life.
My blog will track my experience watching her from a distance over the next 35 days. Oh boy…….this is going to be interesting.