Apr 14

A Room With A View

by in Global Students

Funny to see  kids grow and change when they come to trust the world is open and calling to them. Trekking through airports, grabbing cabs, wandering the streets of Ft. Lauderdale,  Dundee struck up conversation, made friends, found connections.  He wanted to hear all about our Haitian cab driver’s family; how close were they to the earthquake, are they okay, will he go back.  With the water taxi’s captain, he talked shop, critiquing yachts, swapping stories, telling jokes.   No longer the quiet, shy boy  vacationing with his family, he’s a traveller, confident in his trek and eager to “get local” along the way.  I smile.  That’s why we’re doing this.

We’re off again, this time on an extended trek through Europe.  We’re taking the slow boat — literally –  a transatlantic crossing, then through Spain, France, Italy, Albania and Croatia.  As I write this, I’m sitting in the window of our Ft. Lauderdale airport hotel, overlooking the airport runway and the port terminal just beyond.  I laugh, realizing it’s a different breed that considers this a “view.”    It’s become a way of life for us, this extended travel.  “Nah…don’t want to pack it,” has replaced “Please!  Can’t I have it?”  Gotta love it.

One Response to “A Room With A View”

  1. From Bill Craig:

    Will you be blogging during your trip? I hope so!

    Have a great adventure. When will you land in Europe?

    Posted on April 14, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

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