ImageI fear we may be propagating stereotypes about Europe, or Yurp as my niece named it when a toddler. Hannah and Margaret now think of this as a place where people drink wine at lunch, eat a daily gelato, and wear teeny tiny bathing suits. Of course my own ideas about Europe were also shaped in part by bikinis—- the ones our summer au pairs wore (and occasionally removed) on the beach, scandalizing some of the good people of Martha’s Vineyard and I am sure delighting others. Hannah herself made astute cultural observations at the swimming pool in Jerusalem. So when she turned to me on the beach at Korcula and said, accusingly, “I stand out in this one piece!”, who was I to object? Off we went to town to find more appropriate garb, and the nice man who sold them to us gave me a discount and told me to use the difference for ice cream. It’s all part of sweetening the travel experience

About hilarymead

Taking two young kids, a great husband, and a whole lot of questions to Jerusalem for a year's sabbatical.
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