Exploring the World

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Hello to my friends in Bulgaria!

Our family loves to travel and when we lived in Beijing, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to do a lot of it. Since coming home, the travel bug has well and truly left its mark, and I'm so keen to jet off again, I haven't put the suitcases away yet.

Alas, work and school will put paid to that for a while, but what's to stop us from exploring the world from home?

One of my fave little books is the pocket-sized DK A-Z Atlas which can take kids on a fact-finding mission in moments. There may not be tonnes of glossy pics, but for the information hound, it's priceless.

I recently noticed on my fabulous Neocounter International Blog Visits list that loads of people seem to be visiting my blog from Bulgaria. Who'd have thought it? Australia, yes. USA, definitely. China, goes without saying. UK, absolutely. But Bulgaria comes in at number 5 for most visits!

Like I said - who'd have thought?

So, intrigued, I pulled out my little A-Z atlas and learned a little more about Bulgaria - and here is what I found...

  • the Republic of Bulgaria was formed in 1908
  • the capital is Sophia
  • the country lies to the west of the Black Sea
  • there are only 7.8 million people in Bulgaria
  • people there speak Bulgarian, Turkish, Romani and English!
  • the currency is the Lev
  • it has a well-developed wine-making industry
  • software development is one of its greatest strengths
  • there are lots of seaside resorts and ancient monasteries in Bulgaria
  • the people there like my blog!

I'm ashamed to say I didn't know much about Bulgaria until now... did you?

Look at this... how beautiful?

And this... gorgeous!

Amazing! Right, I'm off to adjust the travel list...

I LOVE to learn about places I don't know much about, and happily, that interest is being adopted by my children. For example, given a choice of speaking on ANYTHING for her fortnightly school presentation, Ella chose to talk about China.

Travel and an interest in other cultures cannot be underestimated as a way to improve intelligence, creativity, understanding, tolerance, diplomacy, drive, purpose and a sense of humanity in our children. I simply cannot wait for the moment we next set foot on foreign shores. My kids also can't wait.

Where do your kids want to travel? Have you asked them?

If you can't travel overseas soon, at least take your children on an exploration of the world via books or the internet. This is one of the reasons I wanted to make my book - Riley and the Sleeping Dragon - into a travelogue series for young kids. How important it is to take our children around the world, even if it's via the pages of a book.

You can see tonnes of fabulous travel stories in my Travel section - and I'm always keen to hear from others about their travel with kids. For those keen to go to China, you can see some of my travel pieces on www.byokids.com.au. Just put Tania McCartney in the search engine.

If you'd like to be e-interviewed on your recent trip, email me here and you could see your trip on this blog!

1 comment:

Rawseedling said...

I couldn't of put it better myself(your a mummy after my own heart:)!

Keep up the excellent 'work'(lovely blog:)!

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