M.O.M.: My Opinionated Mouth
Leah Cauthron


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