its a strange feeling when the kids are all away and there is just the 2 of you – i guess this is a practice run for the future. alfie is off inter railing with a group of mates – it seems to be what 18 year old kids do once they finish their A levels. its been a great experience for him, booking his own agenda, hostels, managing his own finances – its great for making them grow up. he was lucky enough to be in berlin for the football final, and is now in prague – places that i would love to explore. the actual rail ticket was great value and once they are in europe, allows them to travel anywhere in europe – some are overnight sleeper trains. one of the things i did help him with was to buy a travel money card from the post office – its the safest way for them to carry money and it means that when they pay for anything in a shop or restaurant, they are not charged any additional fees. even i have noticed that when i come home from abroad, i am charged an additional fee for using my card in a restaurant. you do get charged for withdrawing money, but only the same as you would if you were withdrawing money from your current account – the good thing is that if they lose the card, they can get an immediate replacement, or you can top it up at any time. hopefully i shan’t be doing this!! how i wish that i had done this inter railing lark at a young age, though i do notice that there is an offer for the over 60’s, so something to think about for the future.
love this miniature railway that you can catch from dungeoness!