There’s a whole world out there and it’s all at your fingertips. Through the magic of the Internet you can travel just about anywhere, without ever even leaving your chair. I told stories to my kids about the country where I grew up, the Netherlands. Stories about frost giants, Sweden. We read the Bible, Israel. Books are wonderful ways to travel to places. Now as much as I would love for my kids to go to these places personally and see them first hand, it’s a little bit expensive. Besides they are really young so they probably won’t appreciate it very much. So I have a really good alternative: Enter Google Earth and its street view.
My kids wanted to see what Jerusalem looks like, so I got on Google Earth and we looked up Jerusalem and went there. Now I’m assuming that my kids literally thought that this place was dusty and old. It would look the way that it would’ve looked when Jesus was there, about 2000 years ago. However modern-day Israel has skyscrapers and advertisements and people wearing modern clothes. This kind of shocked them. However it is amazing that we can show what this country and city look like. I’ve also done the same thing for the Netherlands, to show them where I grew up. I’ve also been able to show them castles, because there is a walk-through of quite a number of castles in Germany, England and other cities.
So while I know that this is not exactly the same thing as going there, it is a very cheap and very fun way of showing your children what other countries are like. You can go see things that you are probably never going to see in your own life. So if you ever have an after where you really don’t have a lot going on, I definitely recommend visiting one of the castles that is in Germany or London or any other location in the world. Trust me it is amazing.
photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/12534523@N04/14246881844″>Big Ben Clock Tower – London Sunset</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/”>(license)</a>
photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/42033648@N00/19958024″>Kampen Bridge, Netherlands 2003</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>(license)</a>
photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/24350382@N07/2887558076″>Front of Old Wardour Castle</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>(license)</a>