I can finally report this. Our daughter just got back from Hungary and Romania, where she and a few other college students and a professor, did a two-week research project in the area of Budapest and Transylvania. She emailed me every day (she had internet access) until she left on the overnight train from Hungary to Romania. After that, they were in a remote village with no running water, so the internet wasn't available.
If you ever have the chance to travel abroad, do it. She found out so much about group dynamics, and how to make a group work together. She learned more than the average tourist, about how different cultures handle tourists. To make it in that country, they had to learn some Hungarian, so they took classes in the language and in the history of the area. But most of all, she realized she can do anything on her own, if she's smart about how to do it. The experience was invaluable, from learning how to travel to learning how to handle people. I'm impressed with what she learned, and wish some day, I can do the same, traveling to a foreign country like that.
Every day, I'd check her blog and Instagram to see what pictures she posted. The girl became a foodie! The food there is incredible! For an out-of-the-way destination, I'd choose to see Budapest, at least. The Danube is gorgeous!
Anyway, I'm glad she's back. To send a 21-year old overseas was tough, at best, for me. But now, she has the experience of a lifetime to put on her résumé. Impressive.
Have a great week!