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A s often as we can, my wife and I try to plan a big vacation with our kids. It’s difficult to top the feelings of gratitude and contentment that come naturally as you explore a fresh new destination alongside your family, so we make our getaways a pretty regular thing. But this summer, we decided to put together a much bigger voyage than usual. After a journey through Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Hungary, and India, I returned late last July, completely refreshed, though still buzzing from the excitement of the trip. Even now, I can’t stop thinking about it. Our Recent Month-Long Trip Overseas A EUROPEAN ADVENTURE
for something like 200 years, and I realized that I’d been there before, 20 years earlier! We had just popped in to find a nice dress for our daughter, and a flood of memories from my previous time there suddenly popped back into my mind. Like much of Europe, it was almost as if it was preserved in amber, all these old ways and buildings somehow coexisting with the modern world.
I experienced a similar kind of shock in Zurich. When we landed there at noon, with only two days to check out the city, we immediately began bustling around, trying to cram in all the sights. To expedite the process, we got on a tour bus, where this incredibly experienced guide explained everything we were seeing in five different languages to accommodate everyone in attendance. When he pulled over next to a shopping complex and told everyone that they needed to go inside and check it out,
It had been about 20 years since I’d last been to Europe, so I saw everything with fresh eyes. Between the picturesque, winding paths of Zurich, the pre-medieval charm of Salzburg, and the old, elaborate architecture of Vienna, I was thrilled to just walk around and take it all in. People keep asking me what my “favorite” part of the trip was, but as cliche as it sounds, it’s impossible to pick just one — it was just landmark after beautiful landmark. We experienced all these new sights
many of us didn’t really believe it — we were in a hurry and didn’t have time to shop! But we took his advice and went inside, only to see one of the oldest Roman bath houses in the world smack- dab in the middle of the complex, preserved in plexiglass. It seems everywhere you go in Europe, there’s some hidden beauty to be found if you just look around. It was an ambitious project and probably the biggest trip we’ve ever gone on as a family. So it felt good to come home. But honestly, I just feel grateful to be able to share these kinds of experiences with my wife and kids, traveling around the world and connecting with each other on the deepest imaginable level. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
and sounds without a single moment to get bored. Though we took a month off, we spent only the first week in Europe and the rest of the time with our family in India, so it was truly a whirlwind attempting to fit everything we wanted to do and see into our schedules. It’s always funny the things that stick out in your mind. Though I’d been to Vienna two decades before, I could hardly remember anything from my previous visit. But the entire time I was there, I kept feeling this sense of deja vu, or the feeling that there were memories just out of reach at all the locations we visited. Once, we went into an Austrian shop that had been selling well-made jackets and dresses
– Subrat Bahinipati
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