Young Lovers Try to Elope to Africa

Three German children under the age of 8 were caught trying to get to Africa so two of them could get married. In warm environs, no less.

When asked why they were going, groom-to-be Mika explained his seemingly simple plan.

"We wanted to take the train to the airport, and then catch a plane, then we would unpack, and get married once we arrived. Then we wanted to go for a little holiday," he said.

There’s a slightly different version of the story on SkyNews, with a quote from a shocked and amazed mother. Now that may be taking free-range kids a bit too far!

Child elopers' Africa plan foiled (Thanks, Katie Wilson!)

(Shawn Connally and Bruce Stewart are guest bloggers)


  1. Wonderful! What a cute story.

    I am sure the kids had to hear quite a bit from their rightfully shocked parents after that adventure.

    The story makes me smile. True BB gold I says…

  2. This renews my hopes on today’s youth :) They have the ambition, just need some work on the execution.

  3. In a world of Nerf-coated children, that warms my heart. Young love and initiative in one story? Doesn’t get much better than that.

    1. Those kids have heart and spunk.

      They have heart, but almost by definition, they don’t…oh never mind.

  4. “No, the question is not begged.”

    Sheesh, I’ve been totally misusing that phrase. This is a real blow to my pedantry status.

  5. If anything, this is practically the operating definition of Free Range Kids, in my book. The kids went on their own, had an adventure, suffered no particular mishaps, and were protected from serious harm and/or misfortune (and illegal emigration) by adults. I would expect they also learned that one cannot simply walk into Afr…I’ll stop.

    In America there’d have been a state of emergency, the kids would’ve been taken into the care of the state for at least a few days while the parents had their lives examined under a scanning electron microscope, and commentators on all sides blowing huge amounts of hot air out their asses on national “news” television about all sorts of horseshit, from whether the cops were pedos to the MASSIVE negligence of the parents.

  6. That is so amazingly Erich Kaestner. I don’t want to read any details so I can imagine it awesomely.

  7. ..I wanted to visit other worlds.

    But did you ever actually pack a bag and make travel arrangements? These kids win by a mile, for the sheer fact that they were on their way!

  8. And on the other side of the world:

    WICOMICO CHURCH, Va. – A 6-year-old Virginia boy who missed his bus tried to drive to school in his family’s sedan — and crashed. His parents were charged with child endangerment…
    The boy, whose name wasn’t released, missed the bus, took the keys to his family’s 2005 Ford Taurus and drove nearly six miles toward school while his mother was asleep, police said.

  9. And:
    It happened at 0740 on Monday, while the boy’s mother was still asleep.

    Both of his parents have been charged with endangering their child. He and his four-year-old brother are now in protective custody.

    #13 was very right…

  10. First time i read this on a news site I read it as “3 german children tried to travel to africa so they could tie A knot in the sun” instead of “tie the knot”
    I thought it was one of those adventures you had when you were a kid, trying to get to the centre of the earth or dig to australia.

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