Three countries in one day
Firstly, I am so sorry about not posting for a while. It’s been hectic and a heartbreaking and tragic time for a while and I’m only just now feeling inspired to write. We have recently returned from a family holiday to Slovenia and Croatia, one week in each, both beautiful places with very different landscapes to each other and to England.
I am always still astounded at how close things are in Europe. You can literally drive for days in America and not have got very far at all and of course still be in the same country. Easter before last we drove across Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida and that took two days and was nearly a thousand and a half miles. We spent one morning, not even four hours in total, driving across three countries, crossing three borders and then back again in the same day! Three countries in one day; we started off in Croatia, drove through Slovenia and crossed the border again into Italy. Spent a wonderful, albeit exhausting, day in Trieste and then we were back at our Airbnb in Istria, Croatia in time for dinner. Awesome.
My US passports held us up at the border on several occasions which brought my dilemma of whether to become British or not to the forefront yet again. It’s such a tough one for me for many reasons. If I ever have a spare couple of thousand quid lying around then I might just go for it. Will I ever have a spare two thousand+ GBP? I wonder.
It’s my children that I’m really excited for. What a tremendous experience for them to have at such a young age. My youngest who is only eight years old has travelled and explored six different countries already. I wonder how much he’ll remember when he’s older? I didn’t even leave the States, apart from visiting Mexico and Canada, until I was nineteen years old. By the time he’s nineteen, who knows which countries and beautiful places he will have discovered! Since then, I’ve lived in four different countries and travelled to a further fourteen and I’m still living abroad.
It was fun visiting a European country that’s not yet on the Euro. Our first time in the local shop getting supplies for dinner was certainly interesting. Going from having a good grasp of the exchange rate between GBP and EURO while we were in Slovenia, to not even knowing how much the amount of Croatian Kuna we took out of the cash machine was worth in GBP. Turns out, it wasn’t very much at all but we ended up buying the most expensive bottle of wine in the entire store! At least it was indeed a very nice bottle of wine. Our sixteen year old son worked it all out for us in the end. Great to see that iphone we bought him being put to good use!
I feel we are setting up our children to be smart, adventurous and respectful travellers who are interested in different cultures and languages and in how people in other countries live. They still claim that America is their favorite foreign country (apart from my daughter who loves England and English weather above all else) and cannot wait to go back there on holiday. Here are a few snaps. Can you spot which ones are from Slovenia and which are from Croatia? There are a couple of Italian ones too!
Meghan Peterson Fenn is the author of Bringing Up Brits, co-author of Inspiring Global Entrepreneurs, co-founder and Director of Design and Web at Shake It Up Creative. And, she is an award winning expat blogger and mother of three.