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No place like home

After three weeks exploring London, Catherine is back home. Getting her here was no easy feat, since it meant working around the blizzard. The trip back became an adventure in its own right.

She’s back at Hofstra now, having enjoyed a stopover at home to regroup, do laundry and repack everything for the dorm while we shoveled 20 inches of the white stuff.

Her last blog from the trip is a list of lessons learned (you can read it here).


Tea at Harrod’s, where they treated Catherine like a queen, making sure that despite her egg and nut allergies, she had plenty of goodies to eat.

The trip was full of lessons for us as well. Turns out the kid was paying much more attention than we realized as she was growing up.

She impressed us with some stellar street smarts and common sense, and an adventurous spirit that before this month we would have argued was out of character for her.

She engaged people in conversation at their various stops, tried new foods while managing her food allergies, learned how to get around a strange place, and steeped herself in a variety of experiences.

(Visits to the Tower of London and Hampton Court left lasting impressions, so much so that we were treated to a detailed history lesson over dinner.)

She also learned quite a bit about human nature — some of it good, some of it less so, but every last experience fully embraced.

Our big takeaways? She’s turned out to be quite an amazing young woman …

… who may not need us too much anymore.

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


4 thoughts on “No place like home

  1. Sounds like she had a wonderful time!

    Posted by Lynn | January 25, 2016, 8:33 am
  2. I went over and read her travel trips which are all good ones whatever age you happen to be. However, #4 is a lesson for life that could make things a lot easier as you move along your journey. 🙂

    Posted by Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread | January 25, 2016, 7:44 am
  3. It sounds like she had a really wonderful trip and came back more experienced than ever. My grandson has food allergies so I was glad to see she found assistance with that during her travels. 🙂 20″ is a lot of snow to move – been there, done that, really understand.

    Posted by Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread | January 25, 2016, 7:40 am

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