September 1 - Halfway through our first trip

Halfway through our first trip, it's hard to believe how much I've learned. It's really incredible for me to look back and think about all the places I've been and studied about. I have learned much more than I realized. It's hard to remember everything because of our rapid movement between countries. One day I will be reading about the history of Moscow, and the next about Istanbul! We have been to nine different countries, stayed in fifteen hotels, visited about twenty cities, and walked almost 250 miles throughout Europe! Although it seems that the information I learn goes in one ear and out the other, it really gets pounded and engraved into my ever growing brain.

My parents and I are truly amazed at how much we have learned so far. I could go on and on about everything I've studied, but that would take forever. Here are some examples of things that I learned that I never knew anything about…

- The British parliament and government
- Communism and the Soviet Union
- Prague Spring
- World War II
- Ancient Greek History
- Greek Mythology
- Concentration camps

Sometimes it's hard to appreciate the importance of learning so much right now. I know that once I start school again and get older that I will begin to understand the real importance of this trip. Although it's hard to learn more and more day after day, I would rather be learning and traveling at the same time than learning it in a classroom like my friends are now!!