When I was 16 and my sister Gwen was 17 my parents gave us two 30-day Eurail Passes and the book “Europe On 5 and 10 Dollars A Day,” put us on a Pan Am plane to Luxemburg and said “go find yourself.”
After a week in Luxemburg and Paris we split up. She went to the infamous Sisters of Mary convent in Darmstadt Germany and I went to fly glider planes in Fulda.
It imprinted us for life.
We both went on to become missionaries, her managing a runaway shelter for teens in Newark NJ and me…well, I’m still figuring out my mission.