As an American, I have always felt somewhat void of cultural heritage. What’s my traditional dress? Blue jeans. An American traditional meal? Macaroni and cheese. My two teenage daughters have traveled all over the world exploring other cultures and learning about other peoples’ histories. Recently, we decided to dig up a little of our own past …
My Great Grandfather was Charles R. Knight, a wildlife painter most famous for reconstructing dinosaurs through a mixture of art and biology. Our family knew him as Toppy. I grew up surrounded by his giant oil paintings and small detailed sketches, never really understanding how lucky I was. Read more
Why have a Disney party or a shark party when you can have a party that travels? Get your kids excited about a trip you’re about to take, share a trip you’ve recently taken, or enjoy a virtual trip that’s not likely to be in your budget for awhile. Our last party was simply an “International Party” – gelato, International children’s films, henna tattoos, and an Austrian breakfast complete with little individual jars of jam and home-made egg cups.
The children’s internal film festival cd was from the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. The shorts were fun because they allowed so much more interaction between kids than one long movie.
Even the ice cream cones have native art!
Our only goal for the trip was that it had to be to Spain so that the girls could practice their Spanish. If it was southern Spain, we could take advantage of the slightly warmer February temperatures, but it really didn’t matter. But then, after a little internet travel agenting, Ashley found a Ryan Air flight for 0.01 euros per person one-way. It didn’t matter that it left from Bratislava, an hour train ride from Vienna, or arrived in a small city outside of Barcelona, one of the only places in Spain that we’ve been already. For our budget travel cred, we had to be able to say that we took a vacation for 4 cents – even though after fees and taxes it was more like $100 each. Read more