Life Is Like a Handful of Chocolate Bars
When our oldest was signed up for a European tour over spring break, my mind turned to logistics, specifically financial logistics. When I was a child in similar circumstances, we were sent on such trips with fistfuls of travelers checks that were nearly impossible to cash, especially when a busload of children all wanted to do the same thing. These days, life is much easier.
Our bank, given enough notice, will allow me to order foreign currency from just about anywhere ahead of time. So we ordered her some Euros. I didn't want m daughter to have a big wad of currency that she had to carry around just in case of pickpockets or perhaps a dishonest person seeing said wad. So we were pretty sparing on the number of Euros we gave her and instead signed her up as an additional holder of our credit card. Between the two, we were hoping she would have to avoid seeking out ATM's that were compatible with her card and were successful. She came back with just a few Euro coins and a handful of charges on our credit card bill. I should mention that two meals a day were included in the trip price along with all her motel and traveling expenses so the money was mostly for a noon meal/snacks and souvenirs.
My wife's culture dictates that a traveler bring home gifts for all the immediate family so my daughter brought home some German, Swiss, Austrian and Italian chocolate, I think. I don't read any of those languages so just have to take her word for it. This was a thoughtful gift and didn't take up a lot of space in her luggage.
When I was a child, a family friend once sent us a box full of German and Swiss chocolate from where they were stationed overseas at a military base. It was put in our refrigerator on the back porch and my brother and I would be allowed to get some chocolate from time to time. I remember it being really neat to try these exotically flavored chocolates that weren't Hersheys or Snickers. So having a few of these chocolates all these decades later is kind of a treat.