Camp sites are interesting social spaces, because for a short while they throw people together who then all have to get along with each other. For adults that may be stressful, for kids that often means new friends. Subsequently you get to know their parents and often you find out that just like the kids, you can easily pass some time with total strangers and amuse yourself over a glass of wine.
Funny enough, this was the second time at this specific camp site that the kid and parents were on a several months long journey through parts of Europe following the birth of a child. I don’t know if this is becoming a new trend with middle class families with one main breadwinner who then takes the paid parental leave and then they all take off together.
I’m not going to have another child to find out.
I’ve known the parents of a newborn head off on a big trip. The reasoning was that a precrawling baby is easy to wrangle, there are no conflicts with school terms as there might be if older children were involved and the financial commitments of the couples were lighter than they would be at any time until their retirement. It boiled down to the adults were as free as they were likely to be until they retired and wanted to grab the chance while they still had it.
Ice cream: how to buy silence for cheap. A tried and true method!