Learning Vacations

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Bogota Bike Tour

“Do I have legs in my teeth?” asked Magnolia. It was a fair question. She had just eaten the hind quarters (or, more accurately, hind third) of an ant, a Colombian delicacy known as hormigas culones (or, ants with large behinds). It was a day full of discovery as Bogota Bike Tours took us all over the more »

Bogota Bike Tour

“Do I have legs in my teeth?” asked Magnolia. It was a fair question. She had just eaten the hind quarters (or, more accurately, hind third) of an ant, a Colombian delicacy known as hormigas culones (or, ants with large behinds). It was a day full of discovery as Bogota Bike Tours took us all over the more »

Learning to Fry: A vegetarian cooking class in Hoi An

Oh, the joys of the chả giò. Vietnam’s fried spring rolls have been on Calla’s mind for a while now. We’ve made the fresh version of spring rolls at home many times. In fact, they are something of a specialty of Calla’s. She even made them for Christmas dinner one year. But we’ve never even attempted more »

Calla joins the action on a Nepalese Bridge challenge on the high ropes.

Calla joins the action on a Nepalese Bridge challenge on the high ropes. A post shared by Paige Conner Totaro ✈️ (@alloverthemap) on Feb 16, 2013 at 3:34pm PST

Home cooking all over the map – the Spanish tortilla

It’s the first day with my Spanish Couchsurfing hosts outside of Madrid. This is our fourth country in 6 days, and we’re feeling every mile in our jetlagged and somewhat stinky bodies. I’d love to go straight to bed, but I know that this culture is known for late dinners, and I’m kind of excited more »

Language Immersion Vacation “En Familia”

In the words of Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, “A different language is a different vision of life.”  As I learned from the a local Mount Vernon-area family, a family immersion vacation is a great way to expose children to a different culture and lifestyle, receive excellent language instruction from native speakers, and discover a new more »

Raising Global Kids at Home

I’ve gotta be honest.  One reason we started this website about traveling with kids is because neither of us is doing it as much as we’d like to.  We’re pretty firmly established here in our neighborhoods, the kids are doing sports and theater and swim team and, by the way, it’s kind of expensive to more »

LINK REVIEW – Lyrics Training: language learning through pop music

One of my favorite ways to get the kids excited about a trip is to check out the top pop songs in the country we’re visiting.  Lyrics Training takes this idea several steps further, linking videos of pop songs in a variety of European languages with fill-in-the-blank games that force you to listen very carefully more »

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