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    The Trip of a Lifetime - My Son's Big Adventure

    It all started with "Mom, I am quitting my job and plan to go to Europe and backpack for a year."

    Having artistic types in the family can be hazardous to mom's nerves. That is about all I can say for that. However, now that I have adjusted to the plan and was assured this is a well-planned journey that had been researched for some time and would be paid for with his own money, I am envious of the things my son is seeing and experiencing.

    On August 15th, I drove my 24-year-old son to a bus that would take him to O'Hare Airport to catch a flight to Iceland. Yes...Iceland...where he then met three others who are on similar (but not as long) adventures. These others were all met on the Internet and they had not met in person prior to arriving in Iceland. Who knew you could meet good people on the Internet that were not scammers or ax murderers? After spending ten days seeing the beautiful sights there, he boarded his next plane and left his new friends behind to continue on their own adventures. After a brief stopover in Oslo, Norway, he continued on to Berlin.

    I am including links to his Facebook page that was created to share his journey (and to allow mom to keep track of his status), his instagram and flicker pages and his web site that all include some of his artwork and some of the photos he has taken of the things he is seeing.

    This link will show the maps of where he plans to visit if his funds hold out long enough to do so. https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...W00YVdYTXBaMkk

    https://www.facebook.com/sketchytravels/?fref=ts

    https://www.instagram.com/anthonybrooks_art/

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/142594...h/28639356364/

    The Anthony Brooks

    I will post some of my favorite pictures in the thread as well. Most of the artwork he does while traveling will be sketches since he was limited to 22 pounds of his belongings (he is hiking so carry on only for a year long trip) so paints and other supplies were left behind. He has his pens, pencils, some watercolors and digital media to work with. He plans to use many of the photos taken to produce paintings after he returns. So far, he has been approached by one man who observed him sketching with regard to illustrating a book this man is writing so who knows where this trip could take him.

    This photo (taken in Iceland) is my son...spreading his wings, literally.

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    This is a site where they camped one night while traveling in Iceland.

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    Another of my favorite pictures from there.


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    One of his sketches...

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    and a photo of the same cathedral.

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    I will post more as time allows and try to update frequently. If you are on Facebook, please feel free to like his page and follow along there and share with your friends. Please pray for his safety as well.
    L.F.F.L.




    Follow my son's journey as he travels Europe for the next year on this thread.

    http://ingunowners.com/forums/break-...adventure.html or by reading his blog at www.sketchytravels.com

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    Crochurking Champ mom45's Avatar

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    Most (if not all) of the photos on the flicker account are taken with a 360 camera so you can click on the photo and move your mouse around to move the photo and see what he sees from where he is standing.
    L.F.F.L.




    Follow my son's journey as he travels Europe for the next year on this thread.

    http://ingunowners.com/forums/break-...adventure.html or by reading his blog at www.sketchytravels.com

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    Mom45,

    Tell him to watch out for fairies and to not move stones around...They take that stuff seriously and if he runs into Bjork, tell her I said her music was terrible no matter how cool the alt rock crowd try to make it seem...She sounds like a baby seal being castrated....

    I am just kidding about Bjork...But not the fairies...They take that stuff seriously..I mean like stopping roads from being built seriously....

    Love the pics...Keep posting and see if you can get him to draw a fairy stone...They are everywhere there and are hauntingly beautiful...I love that boys art....









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    Sounds like fun! Best wishes for his safe travels. I hope he can make it the whole year, I'll be following along. I admire those that can do this sort of thing.

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    I believe in fairies as well. mom45, your son is living a dream most people won't. Good job on the raising!
    Just because you're at the center of the Universe doesn't mean you're in it.

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    Crochurking Champ mom45's Avatar

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    He has already left Iceland, Indiucky, but I will ask if he learned anything about the fairy stones while there.

    Thanks guys. I'm not sure I would have ever been brave enough to do this sort of thing.
    L.F.F.L.




    Follow my son's journey as he travels Europe for the next year on this thread.

    http://ingunowners.com/forums/break-...adventure.html or by reading his blog at www.sketchytravels.com

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    If he ends up in Berlin, Germany... send me a PM, I'll hook him up with my brother. He can have a meal at his restaurant, gratis.
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    Crochurking Champ mom45's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kutnupe14 View Post
    If he ends up in Berlin, Germany... send me a PM, I'll hook him up with my brother. He can have a meal at his restaurant, gratis.

    He left Berlin this morning. I'll probably find out tomorrow where he is now. They are 7 hours ahead so I mostly chat with him when I first get up in the morning.

    Thank you for the offer though! He has a few connections over there thru friends and has plans to meet some relatives, but most of his time will be spent on his own. So far, he has found the food and rooms to be quite inexpensive.
    L.F.F.L.




    Follow my son's journey as he travels Europe for the next year on this thread.

    http://ingunowners.com/forums/break-...adventure.html or by reading his blog at www.sketchytravels.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom45 View Post
    He left Berlin this morning. I'll probably find out tomorrow where he is now. They are 7 hours ahead so I mostly chat with him when I first get up in the morning.

    Thank you for the offer though! He has a few connections over there thru friends and has plans to meet some relatives, but most of his time will be spent on his own. So far, he has found the food and rooms to be quite inexpensive.
    Well dagnabit! He missed a free meal, at a pretty pricey place (I would go there, if it wasn't that I eat for free). Food is very inexpensive, if you buy form local markets, or street vendors. If he heads to Eastern Europe, even the nice sit down places will be Amazingly cheap. I, and my significant other, had a 4 course meal, 2 bottles of wine, w/string quartet playing in Budapest, for about $80. I was like "I'm moving to Hungary!!!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kutnupe14 View Post
    Well dagnabit! He missed a free meal, at a pretty pricey place (I would go there, if it wasn't that I eat for free). Food is very inexpensive, if you buy form local markets, or street vendors. If he heads to Eastern Europe, even the nice sit down places will be Amazingly cheap. I, and my significant other, had a 4 course meal, 2 bottles of wine, w/string quartet playing in Budapest, for about $80. I was like "I'm moving to Hungary!!!"
    He told me before he left how cheap the food and rooms are if you avoid the tourist areas. He wants to see the old architecture and see how the people really live...not the tourist areas. I do believe that Hungary is on the list. He is hoping to do some genealogy searching in Croatia since my grandparents were the first to come here from both sides of my dad's family and we can't get past them and their parents on the Ancestry sites that we have used so far.
    L.F.F.L.




    Follow my son's journey as he travels Europe for the next year on this thread.

    http://ingunowners.com/forums/break-...adventure.html or by reading his blog at www.sketchytravels.com

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