|I’m off to Europe for a month-long Dad-Son vacation. My son is 12-years-old and has just finished 6th grade. He and I will land in Amsterdam and then slowly, with no real plans, make our way to Munich. After the trip, we will return to debrief with my wife and daughter for a shared whole-family vacation on the beaches of New Jersey. Then in 2 years, my plans are to do the same with my daughter when she is 12-years-old — a Dad-Daughter vacation to a country of her choice. Insh’allah!|
|When I was 19 years-old I went to Europe to study German and then hitched (without money) slowly to India. This will be a much safer version of that trip for my son and I. We will start our journey with some Couch Surfing in Amsterdam. If you haven’t heard of this organization, check it out. When I have told friends and acquaitences of our plans, the vast majority say they’d be scared to death of this sort of trip and would never do it. I can only laugh — people’s intutions are so different from each other. Sure, there is danger — I guess I know that. But we worry about dangers, people’s opinions, uncertainties and then, next thing we know, we are old and then we die. A life of worry and properness — yuck!|
I wager folks visiting this blog are not a reflective sampling of my social circles. But let’s test that wager: In the poll, let us know how you would feel about such a trip.
Our trip will actually begin with a meet-up in Philadelphia with a fellow blogger and commentor who I met on-line through this blog — “A Time to Rend”. We have kids the same age and plan to do some rock climbing together. This will be our first person-to-person meetup. Have any of you met up with folks you have met through blogging?
If you have any suggestions for things a 12-year-old boy may enjoy in Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, southern Germany or Austria, let us know!