"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?
Today, I had the most wonderful day that I’ve had in a long time (Professionally speaking. Publishing is a tough business, people). First, I got to see Hovey Clifford, a retired WHOI scientist read Flying Deep to a packed room @woodshole_ocean Science Discovery Center. What a joy this was for me! I was a little concerned when I saw a crowd of preschoolers sitting right down front. (My book is meant for slightly older kids). But Hovey is a natural reader who knows how to engage kids. Also, most of those kids are the children of WHOI employees. They know their ocean stuff! Many of them already own #FlyingDeep. At various points, they called out things related to the pages of the book such as “There’s a shark!” Or “Dumbo Octopus!” And my favorite: “They pee in a bottle!” One child even said the next line of the book before Hovey read it. This is an author’s dream come true.
You’d think my day couldn’t get any better, but you’d be wrong. After I signed books for some kids at the reading and two cases of books for the science center shop, I went to a meeting with 4 WHOI scientists/researchers to talk about a possible book project. The short summary: they told me they’re excited to work with me. (And I’m, you know, mildly excited to work with them. Haha. More like ecstatic!) So, what’s next for me? Lots of reading, researching, and likely emailing with them to nail down exactly what this book should be. I am ridiculously excited to get started. #OceanScience #STEM #STEAM #OceanResearch #ResearchLife
First fiddleheads of the season. #nature
Last night was The Old Rochester Regional School District’s “Night of Jazz,” a concert that features the Junior and High School Jazz Bands and the High School Chorus. Like every show performed by our music departments, this one was fabulous. I’m so thankful that we have a district that values and celebrates music education. Both of my children have benefitted from having outstanding music teachers from Kindergarten on up. Watch for Director Mike Barnicle’s toddler to appear in the last video. He just wanted to be with his dad. I love the way Mr. Barnicle simply scooped him up and kept on directing #parenting. (For those who don’t know, my son @dantecusolito is on the guitar). #supportschoolmusic #livemusic
#RochesterLife: Captain Bonney’s. Gorgeous weather this weekend meant our first trip for ice cream. They reopened a week and a half ago but this was our first trip. Yummy!
I don’t know why, but my parents’ chickens have been laying a lot of double-yolked eggs lately. This is the second and third one we’ve gotten today. (That’s 3 for 3). #farmfresheggs
When it’s your son’s 17th birthday and his dad makes a special trip for cannolis. 😋
Check out this lovely collection of instruments @southcoastlessons in New Bedford, MA. (Swipe for more.) If you don’t already know about all of the cool stuff they offer, you should check them out. (Private lessons, group lessons, free public monthly sessions and so much more). Find them on Facebook for details about upcoming events. #supportlivemusic #livemusic
Today’s nature break. #getoutside #nature.
The weather today was spectacular (65 F, 18C) and sunny. I walked to my favorite frog pond (read: vernal pool) with my friend @alison.noyce and soaked in nature’s orchestra. (Turn on your sound). While I was gone, my daughter cleaned out the porch and then we ate lunch in the porch. In March! The rest of the afternoon was filled with yard work- raking out beds, mulching, etc. Now I’m exhausted. #nature #getoutside
When I’m having a difficult time, getting out in nature always makes me feel better. Some days are harder than others to get myself out there. Sometimes I have to force myself. But I’m always glad when I’ve gone.
This afternoon, I walked along wooded trails, listened to wood frogs clucking in a vernal pool, sat on a bench made by my kids 3 years ago, and watched whitecaps on the lake. All of this put me in a better frame of mind to talk to a group of teachers at “Educator’s Night” at a local indie tonight. #nature #getoutside