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Posted Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at 1:38 PM

My brother is a SFC, in the U.S. Army. He is currently stationed in Afghanistan. His family has lived in many, many places. He recently got news that his next move will be to Belgium. How exciting for them. I would like to go with them. I have lived in Missouri, Wyoming, California and back to Iowa again. I have often quashed the wanderlust in me because it was best for our family. I would like to experience lots of places while at the same time there lies a fear of the unknown. Maybe I will have to be one of those retirees who travel in RV's. Until then I will live vicariously through my brother's family and maybe I will save for an oversea's trip to Belgium.

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One thing I've found that Europeans love to point out is how Americans "don't travel". Then you explain to them that in Europe, you can drive 5 hours and travel from Paris to Amsterdam. 5 more hours and you're in Berlin. Drive 5 hours in the US and you've MAYBE crossed a state or two. However, if you've visited New York, for example, you've seen an entirely different side of America than Arizona. Add to that the fact that travel to European countries is far less cost-prohibitive for Europeans than Americans (most of which can be achieved without a passport) and the fact that Germans, at least, are given a month or so of holiday in the summer to travel, its comparing apples and oranges. Also, there is a well-developed public transportation system (trains), which is amazing if you are traveling without children. My children have experienced trains, but its not what I'd call a good time. I like to ask if they've ever visited the US, and about 6 times out of 10, they have not. I've also found Europeans to be just as patriotic/nationalistic than Americans. "Don't you love it here? Isn't it better than the USA?"

-- Posted by notinia on Mon, Jan 21, 2013, at 10:06 PM

For a girl that loves to travel, you must be thrilled to have traveled to the middle of nowhere.......

-- Posted by Cookster on Mon, Jan 21, 2013, at 5:02 PM

Belgium is a great central location to explore the rest of Europe- France, Germany, the Netherlands... all within a drive or train ride. I recommend visiting while they live there, because if they're willing to put you up for a bit, it will leave room for other expenses and enable them to show you what they will have grown to love about the area.

-- Posted by notinia on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 12:41 PM

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My name is Leah Cauthron. I was born and raised on a farm near Cushing, Iowa. My parents still live there. I am a conservative Catholic. I have been married to Randy for 22 years and we have six children. I received my degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Wyoming College and as a mother of six and a daycare mom, I have used probable cause, reasonable doubt, search and seizure, Miranda rights, submission, arrest and interrogation technique as a part of my daily life. I can also shoot a .357 magnum with deadly accuracy. I have lots of opinions on lots of things. I am not an expert on anything but I read a lot and will gladly share that information if I find it accurate. I have a sarcastic nature and for the most part I have pretty thick skin and most things don't bother me for long. I don't like mudslinging or name calling so keep negativity of the personal nature to yourself. Enjoy and welcome to my opinion.
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