I didn’t always enjoy travelling and see new places, as much as today. Here is a short description of my first – Europe Trip!
The summer of 1994, when I was six years old, my parents took me and my older sister on a road trip down Europe. First we took the boat to Denmark, like we had done several times before. Then the plan was to drive through and visit Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Poland.
And yes, we visited all of these six countries. However, my memories from this trip is today pretty vague. I remember that my sister and I were pulling out each other’s hair while arguing in the car. Until the point that my parents had to put luggage between us, for creating peace. I recall that swimming pool was the most important requirement for me while looking for hotels. I memorize that we were at the Berlin wall. That we bought small wooden shoes in Holland as souvenirs. Furthermore, I remember that Poland was dark and dirty, and that the people felt very suspicious and I bit impolite, which is understandable based on the situation the country was in at that time.
That being said, I am sure we saw and experienced much more than this. I just cannot remember due to my young age at that time. I also saw the world very different from now, and appreciated other things. For example, when we came home from the trip, my grandmother on my dad’s side, asked me:
“Hanne, what did you like the most about the trip?”
I was thinking for a while. Before I answered happy with a smile:
“Mmm…. We ate at McDonald in Germany!!!”
Everyone laughed. I could not understand why they laughed then. But now I do. After this big trip, eating at McDonald was my best memory! Which I also had done uncountable times in Norway. Today, this is just a funny story told in social family events, about a young ignorant girl, before she understood the value of travelling, trying new things and see the world.
Have you ever experienced to not see the value of travelling? Maybe you have some memories from your childhood? Sharing of stories, opinions and thoughts are appreciated.