OK so I've never written a blog about my son yet. but here's a good reason to for one:
A letter to my son who is heading off to Europe with his buddies for 3 weeks.
We know you are a responsible, wonderful almost 19 year old, and don't need advice from your parents, but here goes anyway:
Don't keep all your money on you, even in the money belt. Either lock it in a locker, or keep it at home in your bank account and use your Visa card or interac card to access it through a bank machine. They're everywhere.
Do keep your wits about you, and have a map so you can find your way home, even if your faculties are slightly impaired (you know what I'm talking about!)
It is a myth that 5 guys stoned or drunk are equal to one guy sober and aware. Travel in groups is wise, but being conscious of one's surroundings is even more useful.
Don't pack the beer bong.
Mom and Dad would love to come rescue you, but you pay our flight costs if we do!
Enjoy some museums and cultural stuff too, it's not all about the open drug laws in Amsterdam.
Explore, enjoy, and come back home safe and sound, that's all we ask!
This is a trip you will remember all your life, with memories galore, pictures on facebook, but don't forget to email us when you change cities. We are still attached at the umbilical cord, until you leave home for good (and even then....)
your loving parents,
mom and dad
ps I packed some condoms with your toothpaste - don't leave home without it