"Ideally, travel broadens our perspectives personally,
culturally, and politically. Suddenly the palate with which we paint our lives
has more colors. We realize there are exciting alternatives to the social and
community norms that our less traveled neighbors may never consider…but you can
only reap these rewards if you’re open to them….Make a decision that on any
trip you take, you’ll make a point to be open to new experiences, seek options
that get you out of your comfort zone, and be a cultural chameleon-- trying on
new ways of looking at things and striving to become a 'temporary local.'”(emphasis mine)
I confess, Rick Steeves' guidebooks aren't usually my guidebooks of choice. When traveling I tend to favor Lonely Planet and Rough Guides. (This probably has much to do with the fact that most of our travel has been in developing countries while most of Steeves' travel has been in Europe).
But this book beckoned to me from its "faced out" perch in our library. With a title like that, I had to check it out. What did I learn? Despite our very different travel preferences, Rick Steeves and I have come away with similar beliefs.
Here's another quotation from page 161:
"I’m convinced that people-to-people travel
experiences can be a powerful force for peace."
Indeed. Once I have a personal connection to a place, I care more deeply about its citizens. And that care extends to people who know me and know of my travels. Many of my students would come to me after seeing news of a capsized ferry in the Philippines or a change in the President of Peru. Once they heard of my travels there, they consumed the news differently. They cared about people they never even met. But they knew me and I knew people there.
And this quotation from page 5:
"Travel challenges truths we were raised thinking were
self-evident and God-given. Leaving home, we learn other people find different
truths to be self-evident. We realize that it just makes sense to give everyone
a little wiggle room."
This, I find, can be one of the hardest points to make understood to non-travelers. We don't have a monopoly on what's right or just or good. We have our way. Other cultures have their own ways. A little respect for those differences goes a long way.
Do these quotations ring true you? Do you have a favorite travel quotation?
Peaceful start to the day.
Powerful book. This must have been so hard for @studiojjk to write. Share it with the YA readers in your life. #yalit
Some highlights from today’s RI Festival of Children’s Books:
I got to meet @yuyimorales which makes me so happy. She’s as lovely her work. @shoodbooks21
gave a fantastic presentation (seriously... hire her for school visits) and I bought multiple copies of her book Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World.
I watched these cute kids lean in as close as possible to watch David Wiesner sign their books. #kidlit #kidlitart
#RochesterLife: Cervelli Farm. Fall has arrived. (Photos taken the other day...it’s raining today). #shoplocal #nofarmsnofood
A couple of my purchases @bearpondbooks this weekend. This is the second copy I’ve bought of Dreamers by @yuyimorales (I posted about how I came to give that copy to a stranger about a month ago). I was home for about 10 minutes before my daughter read We Are Grateful by @tracisorell @charlesbridgepublishing That book is a gift for my niece. (Shhh... don’t tell Z my sisters. I’ll mail it tomorrow. 😉).
Last weekend, I facilitated an event for Educators @bearpondbooks. I started by sharing behind the scenes tidbits about Alvin and my research process as I read the book. Then I moved on to share other books that could be paired with my book during classroom instruction. (Swipe left to see a photo of the books). Some suggested activities: students could compare the text features of the books, note differences in voice, or examine the back matter to learn about the author’s research process. Or, in the case of The Brilliant Deep by @katemessner, they could compare the shallow coral reefs in that book to the deep water corals that were discovered off the Carolinas last month using Alvin.
We were in Vermont for the long weekend because I had an event @bearpondbooks (pics to come). We came home to find this gorgeous bag of home grown shiitake mushrooms left on our front step by my cousin. I see something delicious in our future... soup, risotto... I’m not sure yet, but it’s gonna be good! #thankful
Pepper Tango by Kim Barry on display @hatchstreetstudios in New Bedford, MA.
I love the thick paint, rich colors, and bold brush strokes.
When we were in Alaska, I was thrilled to do a school visit at Sidney C. Huntington Elementary School in Galena. Galena (population about 500) is “off the road system,” so the only way to get there easily is by plane or by driving on the Yukon River when it river freezes over in the winter. Since my visit last month, I have happily exchanged emails with the teacher of this class. These students have been making connections between Flying Deep and other books they read, so they’ve been emailing me their questions. In return, I’ve also recommended other books I think they’ll enjoy. I love being able to interact with kids from a distance like this. (Note: I maintain Pinterest boards aimed at teachers and homeschoolers. My Flying Deep board includes all of the books I’ve been recommending to this class. https://www.pinterest.com/mcusolito/flying-deep/ ) #STEM #STEAM #FlyingDeep #kidlit
Last week was rough. Luckily, I found the perfect way to recharge. My family spent the night at our dear friends’ house on Friday night. We made pizza together then watched a terrible movie and commented throughout- our own version of MST3000. Yesterday, the 8 of us went for a 23 1/2 mile bike ride along the rail trail from Dennis to Chatham and back. (Yeah, that’s right... 23 and a HALF. I’m claiming that half. 😂). I’m sore today, but it was worth it.