Although, I think she deserved a hiss. After inspecting her luggage, we discovered she didn't bring us back anything from Europe. NOTHING! Can you believe that? After all we do for her?
And her clothes stunk. I mean, it smelled like something died in her suitcase. She must have had some serious B.O. during her trip. It probably didn't help that she only took a carry-on so she had to wear the same clothes several times.
You may be wondering how the bathroom looks after Uncle Mike and Aunt Martha tiled the floor. The Mama LOVES it but did she acknowledge our contribution to the project? NO!
We've slowly forgiven her for everything. We are just glad she's home so we decided to let her help with our selfie.
NOTE FROM THE MAMA:
I just got back from Europe. It was an awesome trip! I take all my nieces and nephews to Europe when they graduate high school with the help of their Grandma who pays for their airfare. I let them choose 10 places, cities, countries, or sites that they would like to visit. I try to incorporate as many of those as possible in our trip. This year I went with my niece, Emma. She chose to go to Berlin in Germany, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Barcelona in Spain, and Florence in Italy.
I went to Germany for the first time the summer after I graduated high school to visit some foreign exchanged students who had lived with us. I still can't believe my Mom let me go by myself! I'm glad my parents did because it was life changing. The parents of one of my German friend didn't speak English. They were so kind and interesting. I wanted to be able to speak with them so in college I took a German class. I loved German so much, I ended up majoring in German. I spent a semester there and the following summer I had an internship at Mercedes. I have seen more of Europe than I have of the United States.
I have since forgotten most of my German but it was amazing experience that shaped who I am. I was able to see that there is so much more to the world than small town Iowa where I grew up. I feel that if we take the time to learn about other cultures, understand the similarities, and respect the differences, the world would be a better place.
This is what I want to share with my nieces and nephews and why I think it is important for them to explore the world. This was my fourth trip with the nieces and nephews. I have one more with my nephew, Cal. I would love for one of them to follow my footsteps and spend a semester abroad but I would be happy if it helps them see the world in a new light.
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