FAMILY MATTERS - Sights, sounds from a European vacation

I used to hate the subject of geography when I was in elementary school. It just didn't make sense to me. We had to draw maps and show mountain ranges with upside down Vs and draw in rivers and use colored pencils to show the elevation of the parts of the land. We had to label dots with the names of cities. We had to memorize lists of crops, exports and imports. None of it excited me. Now I know that the only real way to learn about the world is to see it. And that is what I was lucky enough to do over the Christmas/New Year holiday. For 11 wonderful days, the five of us traveled to Europe to visit my older daughter, who is spending a year in Cambridge, England. It was as opposite as you can get to the dry learning of geography from a book. We were overwhelmed with sights, sounds, and tastes of places that were definitely not Ohio.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

 

I used to hate the subject of geography when I was in elementary school. It just didn't make sense to me. We had to draw maps and show mountain ranges with upside down Vs and draw in rivers and use colored pencils to show the elevation of the parts of the land. We had to label dots with the names of cities. We had to memorize lists of crops, exports and imports. None of it excited me.

Now I know that the only real way to learn about the world is to see it. And that is what I was lucky enough to do over the Christmas/New Year holiday. For 11 wonderful days, the five of us traveled to Europe to visit my older daughter, who is spending a year in Cambridge, England. It was as opposite as you can get to the dry learning of geography from a book. We were overwhelmed with sights, sounds, and tastes of places that were definitely not Ohio.

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