Sunday, November 3, 2013

Where in the world are you?

This weekend I helped my mom blog, The Tweet Heard Around the World. We got comments from lots of different countries. We got all 50 states and Texas and California both had the most comments with 12 responses each. Canada had the most comments of all with 22 responses. We heard from England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Holland, Dubai, Italy, France, South Africa, Singapore, Finland, Indonesia, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Sweden, Istanbul, Albania, New Zealand, Guinea, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Romania, China, Germany, Denmark and Russia. It was so much fun to find all these places on a world map.

Please let me know where you are from and a fun fact about your location. We will find you on our map.

*Here's a link to my guest post on Angela Maiers' blog: Around the World With Curran. My mom got to meet Angela at #ISTE14 and here's her message to me:


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110 comments:

  1. Great to see you helping your mom with this terrific project Curran! :-) You are part of a wonderful learning opportunity and experience bringing people together from all over the world to connect and grow their personal/professional learning networks (PLN's). I'll bet you're a very good hockey player too! @poida in "the Great White North"

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    1. Thank you for your comment from "the Great White North." Do you have a favorite hockey team? I like the Predators.

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  2. Hi!
    I live in the county of Lancashire in England. A couple of miles up the road from where I live each year you can go and watch the World Black Pudding Throwing Championship for free. Black puddings are a little bit like Scottish Haggis, although I prefer Haggis to eat. I found a clip on youtube that might explain it better than I can.....
    http://youtu.be/RqUZnQiw-zI
    I hope you find out lots of interesting facts from around the world!

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  3. How fun! Thanks for the history lesson. What does Black Pudding taste like? I would like to go one day and see the throwing event.

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    1. Its a little hard to describe, its meaty, a bit like a sausage or a German wurst, but the texture is different. Hope that helps?

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    2. It looks blue. Why is it called black pudding?

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    3. Its usually black, they're definately black when they are cooked!

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  4. Hi Curran,
    I live in Vermont and here are a couple of interesting facts about my state capital, Montpelier - Montpelier is the smallest state capital and it's the only one that doesn't have a McDonalds.
    I hope you have fun learning about other places in the world!

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    1. We found Montpelier on the map. I've been to Buffalo, NY and Toronto, Canada before which we found on the map too. Thank you for the fun fact about McDonalds too.

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  5. Isn't it exciting to be connecting with people from far away? I live in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Here is something interesting about Moose Jaw...in the days of Al Capone, when the police were making things difficult for him, people say Al used to get on the train and travel to Moose Jaw to live in the tunnels that are under the buildings in our downtown.

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    1. My mom told me you are a first grade teacher. I am in the first grade too. Have you been in the tunnels on a tour?

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  6. Hi, I'm from Missouri. I live in Columbia, MO (where the University of Missouri is located), but I grew up in a small town outside of St. Louis.

    A not-so-fun-fact is we just lost the World Series. A fun-fact is the Cardinals still have more championships than the Red Sox. Go Cards!

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    1. I like the Cardinals too. Have you been to the top of the arch? Where's the elevator? What can you see? Go Cardinals!

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  7. Hi Curran,

    I'm from Indonesia, have you explored about my country? I'm first graders teacher by the way, nice to meet you :) I live in city called Surabaya, the second biggest citu after the capital city, Jakarta....you can explore more about a place where I live by asking grand pa, Google, he knows everything haha...if you have questions you can ask me, I would love to explain it to you, have fun!

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    1. Do first graders like to play Skylanders in Indonesia? What sports do you like to play? I like to play hockey and baseball. I like to ride my bike too.

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    2. My students love to play Lego and football (soccer). They also enjoy riding their bikes, especially on weekend. I'll do a survey for you today (Monday) about what video games that have been played by my students recently....I'll be back to you soon!

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    3. Hi Curran, I've asked my students and most of them like to play minecraft and angry birds, I think every kids everywhere love to play games, right?!

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    4. Cool. I like minecraft and angry birds too.

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  9. Hi Curran. I'm Lawrence from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I think it's great that you're blogging. One interesting fact about Winnipeg is that Winnie the Pooh was names after Winnipeg.

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    1. Cool. My cousins like Winnie the Pooh bear.

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  10. Hi, Curran! It has been fun watching the comments pile up on your mom's blog, and it is so exciting that it inspired you to start a blog of your own!

    I live in Round Rock, Texas, just north of Austin on I-35. A fun fact about Round Rock is it has some Wild West history to it because it is located on the Chisholm Trail which was a major route for cattle drives in the late 1800's.

    I am typing this comment from a coffee shop in downtown which in the 1800's was a bank that was going to be robbed by outlaw Sam Bass and his gang. Sam Bass met his end in Round Rock before he and his gang could rob the bank. You can read more about it in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Bass_(outlaw)

    Round Rock also has a colony of 500,000 Mexican free-tailed bats that live under one of our interstate bridges and fly out every night to eat bugs. Their flight is impressive to see! And they are a small group compared to the colony of bats that lives just down the road in Austin. The Austin colony has 1.5 million bats! You can read more about them here: http://batcon.org/index.php/get-involved/visit-a-bat-location/congress-avenue-bridge/subcategory/intro.html.

    Round Rock is also home to a major computer company. Do you think you can figure out which one it is?

    I hope that gives you some fun facts about where I live. Maybe in your next blog post you can share some fun facts about your hometown. Good luck with your blogging adventures!

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    1. That's a lot of bats, but not a lot of bugs. Dell is the computer company.

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    2. Unfortunately, we still have a lot of bugs. Texas is a big state; they have lots of places to hide! Good work on the computer company; it is Dell!

      Keep having fun with your blog!!! :-)

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    3. I am excited to be the guest blogger for Angela Maiers. I will send you the post.

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    4. Curran, your mom Tweeted me a link to your post on Angela's blog. I was so excited to read it and am so happy for your writing adventures. Keep up the great work! I look forward to reading more. :-)

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  11. Hi Curran!

    My name is Brent Catlett and I am from Omaha, Nebraska. A fun fact about Nebraska is that Kool-aid was invented here. Check out this link to learn more: http://hastingsmuseum.org/exhibits/kool-aid/the-history-of-kool-aid

    Take it easy.

    Brent

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    1. My mom said that Omaha has the best fireflies she has ever seen. Have you caught any?

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  12. Hi Curran!!!
    It's daddy and you know that I'm from Buffalo, New York. Guess what buddy...your favorite cereal, Cheerios, is made in Buffalo!! Guess what else to name a few? Chicken wings, windshield wiper blades, Loganberry, metal Kazoo, air conditioning, etc. And the Pony Express! Many years ago, Buffalo used to be the 5th largest city in the USA.

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  13. Hi Curran! It was great to meet you a few weeks ago! I think it's pretty amazing that you have your own blog now! Mommy must be so proud!! How awesome is it that you've heard from so many people from around the world!? I'm teaching my second graders about maps...maybe you can come into my classroom someday and teach us some fun facts that you've learned from the comments in your blog post! I live in Connecticut, just like you! Here are some fun facts: Connecticut is home to the first hamburger (1895), Polaroid camera (1934), helicopter (1939), and color television (1948). The Connecticut State insect is the Praying Mantis. And...PEZ® Candy is made in the city of Orange.
    I just learned so much about Connecticut...hope you did too!!

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    1. We hatched Praying Mantis at our house before. 100s of babies hatched.

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  14. Hi Curran!

    So I currently live in Seattle, WA. As you know, there are lots of bodies of water and mountains nearby! This week there have been pods of orca whales swimming in Puget sound. There was one pod that was swimming around one of the ferries that takes people and cars between Seattle and one of the nearby islands!

    I grew up in Michigan. The state of Michigan has two peninsulas. The lower peninsula looks like a mitten. People from Michigan will frequently hold up there hand and point to where in the "mitten" they are from. Michigan is also known as the "Great Lakes State," because it is next so so many of the great lakes. There are 5 great lakes. The way I remember them all is by thinking of the word HOMES - there's lake Huron, lake Ontario, Michigan, lake Erie and lake Superior. Lake Superior is the biggest and deepest. Lake Michigan is the only one of the lakes that is entirely in the Unites States. All of the other great lakes are shared between the US and Canada. The city of Detroit is the only city in the contiguous United States where you can drive South and get to Canada! Michigan is also home to the greatest hockey team - GO RED WINGS!!!!!

    It's so much fun to read everyone's comments and see where they are from and fun things about those places!

    -Auntie G

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    1. the zoo is AWESOME in Seattle. Does Michigan have a zoo? Mom likes the grizzly bears (http://www.zoo.org/page.aspx?pid=2473#.UneY5JSxMiw) and I like the otters.

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    2. There are a few zoos in Michigan. The Detroit zoo is pretty amazing - they have the most fantastic polar bear exhibit! There are also grizzly bears and otters. The Detroit Zoo website is pretty neat - it tells you the names of all of the animals as well as where they were born and a little bit about their personalities (http://www.detroitzoo.org/)

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  15. hi I'm from Lebanon, all the way in the middle east. I live on the continent of Asia. To get to Lebanon from America it takes 13 hours by plane

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  16. I live in Petaluma, California. Petaluma is a decent sized town (50,000) but feels really small. What's interesting about Petaluma? Quite a few movies have been filmed in our cute downtown area. We were historically the Egg Capital as most folks farmed chickens way back when. We host an amazing Veteran's Day Parade every year--one of the largest on this side of the country. There's a slough (we call it the Petaluma River) that runs through town. I enjoy kayaking on it and my sons like to fish.
    Great job with your blog. My son blogs once in a while too. He's 11. Check it out: http://geronimojosh.wordpress.com/
    --Catina

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    1. Cool. I like his website. I like legos and minecraft too.

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  17. Hey Curran!

    I live in Washington, D.C right now (I used to be one of your Mom's students before I moved down here!). I love this area because we have access to all of the Smithsonian Museums, national monuments and memorials...plus when I go for my runs I get to see all of this lit up at night - it's great!

    Good luck with your project, the blog and comments look awesome!

    -Nick

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  18. I am Sherry Davidson. I am in Brownwood, Tx and teach Biology to 9th graders. We have a wonderful lake and a Christian university here. It is Howard Payne University. Good luck.

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  19. Hi Curran,
    We live in Chandler, AZ, just south of Phoenix the state capital of Arizona. Our state is home of one of the wonders of the world, The Grand Canyon. Come visit and we can check it out. Lots of love!

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  20. Hi Curran,

    Glad your blog is working out. It was just yesterday that I was helping you get going with starting this blog. You now have many comments from around the world.

    A fun fact about where I grew up is that the first ever International Quicksilver Surfing Contest held on the East coast of US was held in my hometown, Long Beach NY.

    Here is a link to read about this famous surfing event: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-668081

    One year later, this beautiful small island was hit by Hurricane Sandy. This is not a fun fact. The whole island was covered by waves and sand. Many people lost their homes with lots of their possessions.The elementary school I went too was completely destroyed, and other schools on the island were also wrecked. Students could not attend their own schools for months. They had to find other places to move to and had to find new schools. This should make you appreciate the school you get to go to every day in your hometown.

    The good news is that the boardwalk which was destroyed has been fully opened. People can walk on it and go biking again while enjoying the sun rise and set on the beach (Atlantic Ocean). Surfing is back in full swing. The beach opened again this past summer.

    There are some great pictures of the boardwalk and Long Beach on this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheCityByTheSeaLB

    About sharks: There are sharks sightings every summer. One summer while I was sailing even a whale was under our boat. Because it was under our boat, we could not see it, but everyone else around in boats saw it. The whale lifted up our boat, but we still could not see it. The whale was around for most of the summer. But we never got to see it. Other people kept telling us about it. For us, it was a mystery.

    Looking forward to your blog post about sharks.

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    1. Do you surf? I got a surfboard this summer.

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    2. I tried surfing when I was a kid. I lived right across the street from the beach. Almost everyone had a surf board. It was easy to go surfing when you lived so close to the beach. The waves were huge and long. Great surfing! But Hawaii and California coast is even better.

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  21. Christine and Hayden HydeNovember 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Hi Curran!
    Hayden and I are excited to be a part of your project and offer insight into this great state we live in...INDIANA! We're coming to you from Carmel, a town of about 80,000 people, just north of Indianapolis. We've lived here for 6 years now (I cannot believe it) after leaving beautiful Connecticut (where we met YOU when you were just a baby). Living here in the mid-west is fun, with a lot of exciting things to see and do. Our "Indianapolis Children's Museum" is the largest in the world, with something new to see all the time! We've enjoyed beautiful camping areas and hiking trails just south of us in Brown County. Heading north is the "Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore" on Lake Michigan. It's absolutely beautiful, and you feel as if you're staring at the OCEAN, the lake is that big. And of course, we're big Colts fans! Going to a Colts game, here at Lucas Oil Stadium, is always a memorable event (even IF they lose!).

    A little known fact is the mysterious nature surrounding the term "Hoosier". People who live here are often called "Hoosiers", but no one really know how the term came to be, or what it truly means! http://www.indianahistory.org/teachers-students/hoosier-facts-fun/fun-facts/what-is-a-hoosier#.UnfKu43HRKY

    We are excited for you and this fun project, and will continue to follow your blog to see where everyone comes from! So glad we could be a part of it!

    Your friends,
    Christine & Hayden Hyde

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  22. Hello Curran,
    Greetings from Nevada, the Silver State! This post comes from the state capital in Carson City. Nevada is best known for Las Vegas (our biggest city where 75% of the state's population resides) and Lake Tahoe which is located near Reno (our second biggest city). Nevada is mostly desert and more than 80% of our lands are federally owned so there is a whole lot of great wide open, beautiful places. We have lots of ghost towns that have popped up and died over time as mining, ranching and other ways of earning a living in the American West have come and gone. Nevada is a great state for road tripping and travel. We have Interstate 80 crossing the state east-west in Northern Nevada between Reno and Salt Lake City, Utah. This part of our state is called "Cowboy Country." Towns like Elko and Winnemucca are nice stopping points along the way. Highway 50 runs across the central part of the state and the Nevada portion is known as "The Loneliest Road in America" because of the few towns and cars on this long stretch of roadway. We boast 2 National Parks -- Great Basin National Park in Eastern Nevada, and a portion of Death Valley National Park is found in Western Nevada. We also have 23 state parks and many additional wildlife refuges and recreation areas including Lake Mead Recreation Area and Hoover Dam. Nevada is a truly an outdoor adventure land with tons of opportunities for hiking, biking, and exploring.

    The big news in Nevada right now is we just celebrated our 149th birthday on October 31. That means we will turn 150 next year, so we are celebrating from now until then. The Nevada 150 sesquicentennial celebration looks at Nevada history, heritage and culture, as well as ahead to the future.

    Now you can say your mom's tweet was heard all the way around the world to the seventh largest state in the Union.

    Cheers!
    Lora Robb with Team Travel Nevada
    www.TravelNevada.com
    www.nevada150.org

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  23. Hi Curran! We met a couple of years ago, when you came with your mom to her conference in central Florida :-)

    When I mention my location, most people think of the giant theme parks like Disney, Universal Studios, and Sea World. However, I live north of Orlando, and my town is a world apart from these tourist destinations! Winter Park, Florida is a very peaceful, green city filled with cobblestone streets and lots of old oak trees dripping with Spanish Moss. We have so much fun attending art galleries, film festivals, and eating at locally-owned sidewalk cafes. Every year the independent Enzian Theater, just five minutes from our house, hosts fun costume parties for Halloween and New Year's Eve. We're only 45 minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean Space Coast (think Kennedy Space Center, where NASA shuttles were launched for 30+ years), and a little over an hour away from Tampa Bay in the Gulf Coast, home of many beautiful beaches and nature sanctuaries. Also, Orlando is home of the minor-league Solar Bears Hockey team!! Do you still play hockey?

    I hope to see you and your mom sometime soon...be sure to let us know when you're headed down to Central Florida again :-)

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    1. I really like Gator Land the best! My mom has a conference in FL in February. Will the Solar Bears hockey team still be playing?

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  24. Aloha Curran!
    Your mom and I have been friends for quite a while. In fact she is one of my favorite people :) I live in Aiea, Hawaii in the hills above Pearl Harbor. Here are a few facts about Hawaii. 1) Iolani Palace is the only home of a former monarch in the United States. 2) Hawaii does not change time like the rest of the United States. 3) Hawaii is made up of more than 138 islands.
    Have a wonderful day Curran and hopefully one day we will meet.
    A hui hou,
    Mrs. Jacobs

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    1. We are coming to Hawaii in 2 years.

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  25. I'm from Connecticut and live in Seattle, but am currently in St. Louis. At 630 feet, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis is the tallest man-made monument in the U.S., and is the world's tallest arch. Tomorrow I'll be in Philadelphia and will post a fun fact from there.

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    1. Did you go to the top of the arch? How does an elevator go up an arch? Did you see any Wacha or Carpenter t-shirts? They are my 2 favorite players.

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    2. I don't know if Uncle Moose went to the top of the arch, but I went back in middle school. You go up in a tram-type thing. Once you get to the top you have a beautiful view! On windy days you can actually feel the arch swaying (I felt it sway when I went up). I think it's engineered to be able to sway up to 18 inches (a foot and a half!)

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  26. Hi Curran! I can't believe my comment didn't post - I wanted to be the first one! Did you know in Southington silly string is banned? In our capital, it is illegal to walk across the street on your hands! Can you believe that is a law?!

    -Hayley

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  27. HI Curran from Seabrook Island, near Charleston, SC. Charleston is where the American Civil War began 150 years ago when confederates fired on Ft. Sumter in Charleston Harbor from. nearby Ft. Johnson. That started the long, bloody war between Americans that kept our country united as one. But many people forget that SC also played a big part in the American Revolution self rule. Do you know the name of the SC patriot considered a hero of that war ? Here's a hint : his nickname is the Swamp Fox because he led the British troops into the swamps he knew so well and ambushed them there.
    These days SC is best known for many tourist attractions and beautiful beaches.
    Where is the farthest post from that you have received so far ? This is a great project. Good luck with it ! Linda

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    1. Cool. I looked it up. Francis Maron was Swamp Fox!

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  28. Hi Curran!

    I just moved to Urbana, Illinois. On my way here from New Hampshire, I noticed that the landscape getting flatter and flatter. It's so flat in the state, that the highest point is a building! (The Willis Building, formally the Sears Tower, all the way up in Chicago).

    One other fact about central Illinois is that they have a lot of festivals. I have been to a Sweetcorn Festival, a Cheese Festival, and a Folk & Roots (Music) Festival.

    Tell your mum I say hi - she's a pretty amazing lady and I'm so glad you guys are rocking the blogging world!

    - Katrina

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    1. Why is it so flat? I liked hearing the tornado warning when we saw you on the computer last week. We don't have that in Connecticut.

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  29. Hey Curran! I am writing to you from Brisbane, Australia:) Australia is the home of some sweet animals including: Kangaroos, koalas, Achidna, Platypus and the Dingo. It's a wonderful place to live and visit!

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    1. I found Australia on the map. I like animals a lot.

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  30. Hello Curran,
    I live in the Tarn in the South of France with my 2 children :-)
    Our village has a comedy festival every August and the region is well known for its wine !
    Your blog is a good idea.... with all these replies you will not have enough time to keep up with it all :-)
    Zeem

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    1. Thank you. I found France on the map.

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  31. Hi, Curran! I am so excited for your new blog and your tweet that has been heard around the world! I look forward to reading more of what you write. Be sure to post a link to your guest blog post for Ms Meirs.

    Hmmm... Do you think I'll make it as the person closest to you? I'm in CT.

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    1. I was a guest blogger for Angela Maiers and here it is http://www.angelamaiers.com/2013/11/around-the-world-with-curran.html.

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  32. Hello Curran,
    Congratulations on the blog. You're quite far ahead on the internet. My sister lives in CT and she wrote to me asking me to put something up on your blog. So :) Here it is. My name is Jeff and I live in Thailand but I was born in the US. Next month 5th December is the birthday for the King of Thailand. He is the longest ruling monarch in the world right now. He has been on the throne even longer that the Queen of England.
    If you are interested, you can check it out on wiki, just search "longest current ruling monarchs"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Current_reigning_monarchs_by_length_of_reign

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  33. Hi Curran! I live in Los Angeles, California. I've seen lots of celebrities out and about, I have seen some movies and TV shows filming on the streets, but it's not just all about Hollywood here. There are lots of great restaurants and museums, as well as hills and mountains to hike or bike. It's also just about 45 minutes away from Anaheim, CA - where Disneyland is! It's a great place to live, hope you can visit it someday if you haven't yet!

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    1. I've been to Disney in Florida. I am coming to California this summer for a baseball park tour. Do you like baseball?

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  34. Hi Cousin Curran! It's your Colorado family. Colorado means "colored red" and it was named that because of the red rocks out here. Every year Denver hosts the worlds largest rodeo-the Western Stock Show. There are lots of mountains, national parks, and rivers here. Its a great place to hike, camp, and ski.

    New Mexico is awesome!!! Each October, Albuquerque hosts the worlds largest international Hot Air Balloon Festival. Its SO pretty with all the different colors and shapes in the sky. The road runner is the New Mexico state bird. Bye Curran! We love you-this is a GREAT project!!!!

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    1. Cool facts. Did you watch the World Series? I hope I get to see you soon! My mom says she's sending nose kisses. Bye.

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  35. Read in India by Poornima Gupta.

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    1. I found India on the map. If I ever get to go to India what should I see and do?

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  36. Curran,

    I read your post about your friend Jerry Pollatta. I rode my bike with him for a couple of days in Minnesota this summer. I finished a cross country bike ride that took me from the Annacortes, Washington to Bar Harbor, Maine last month. I even got into Canada for a few days. It is so great to touch base with people from all over the world. I am from Casper, Wyoming and plan on continuing visiting places and people. I also play hockey like you . We will be playing tonight as a matter of fact. Tell Jerry hello for me when you see him. Thanks for much for sharing your adventures.

    Alan Vandeventer
    Casper, Wyoming

    Alan Vandeventer

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    1. Cool. I went lobstering with Jerry. Did you win your hockey game? I got a goal today. Thank you.

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  37. Hi Curran,

    When I was in the Air Force, we would occasionally fly around the world with some little boy or girl's stuffed animal. We took pictures of it everywhere we landed. We tried to take it to special places and get really cool pictures.

    When we landed, we would hand off the stuffed animal to the next aircrew. They took it even further around the world. Everyone sent their photos to the child. It was a lot of fun - even for us big people!

    Your blog reminds me of that. It is a great way to learn new things. And, it will teach you that there are many great people in the world who like to help one another succeed.

    Good luck,

    Brian Mickley,
    Louisville, Ohio

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    1. Cool. Do you like flying planes? We took pictures of Flat Stanley in fun places around Connecticut for a friend in Florida last year.

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  38. Hi Curran, my name is Jag and I am 4 and a half. I live in the city of Ipswich which is in Queensland, Australia. It's not far from Brisbane.

    I think the best thing about Ipswich is the train museum. You can go for rides on a little train there and they have a real train set up where you can pretend you're an engine driver. Sometimes Thomas the Tank Engine visits!

    I like looking for places on maps too and Mummy has just helped me find where you live. It is a very long way from Australia.

    Bye,
    from Jag

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    1. Hi Jag! I found Australia on the map. What are your favorite animals in Australia? Do you have the Kratt Brothers there? I like to learn about animals around the world. http://pbskids.org/wildkratts/home.html

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  39. Hi Curran,
    My name is Jessie and I'm one of your Mom's students at University of St.Joseph. I live in Tariffville, CT, a little village that used to be a thriving hub of activity. The first carpet factory in America was built here in 1825. There were trains that came through Tariffville, up until 1970s. My living room used to be part of the Train Station! I hope you learn to love blogging as much as your mother. She is a great inspiration to us all! You're so creative to create this blog, keep up the good work!

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  40. My name is Sara Schoepke and I am writing you from Burlington, WI. It is a cool fall day here with the gold , red, and orange leaves falling from the trees and covering the ground. Soon, the trees will have no leaves and snow will begin to fall. Not today or too soon I hope, but the weather is changing. I am a teacher in Waterford, WI. I came upon your blog in a tweet from Angela Meiers, and wanted to just say hi. Have fun with your really cool project!

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    1. Same here. My dad raked leaves this weekend here in Connecticut. He told me that we had snow already this time last year. I like snow.

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  41. Curran, this is INCREDIBLE! I miss your smiling face and can't wait to hear more about your adventures. Miss you!

    Love, Miss Rosenfield

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    1. Hi Miss Rosenfield. This is fun geography lesson. I like learning about new places and new people.

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  42. Hello, Curran. I am presently teaching my high school students to blog. When I posted about this on Twitter this morning, Angela Maiers replied, telling me about you and your blogging project. This is so inspiring.
    I teach journalism and English in Duncan, Oklahoma, the redbud capital of the U.S. Redbud is a beautiful bush with small red or pink blossoms and they are found throughout our city.
    I wish you great learning and exploring with your blogging project.

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    1. Thank you. I like finding new places on the map and learning new things.

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  43. Hi Curran. I am a college student in Alabama and I am brand new to blogging. I will be a school teacher soon and you have inspired me to have a classroom blog for my students. I like baseball as well. Oh, I almost forgot, my favorite college football team is The University of Alabama and the team logo is an elephant. Keep up the good work Curran!

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    1. What grade do you want to teach? My mom teaches teachers.

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  44. Hi Curran,

    I'm an English teacher at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, Maine. You can see what my students do for work at www.flight307.blogspot.com. Fun fact about Farmington? It's most famous resident, Chester Greenwood, invented earmuffs! Seriously! We have a parade in his honor every year, including a Chester Greenwood lookalike contest.

    Good luck with the blog!
    Dan Ryder

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    1. Ack! I used the wrong its! (I used "it's" which actually means "it is."

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    2. We are learning about contractions at school. We have a town called Farmington here in Connecticut. I like the earmuff fact.

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  45. Hi Curran,

    I am very impressed with your blog and all the wonderful people who have responded to your request from around the world. I know you love Cape Cod so I'm including information about the Cape that you may not know:

    Cape Cod is the small peninsular that juts out into the North Atlantic about 60 miles south of Boston, Massachusetts. It is shaped like the flexed arm of a muscular man, with a wide "bicep" heading west to east, a bended elbow and "forearm" heading north, and a clenched fist at the very end.
    Although frequently referred to as "the mainland," mostly when compared to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket, it is actually an "island" itself, albeit a man-made one.

    The Cape covers an area of 412 square miles and is 65 miles long, but its coastline is almost ten times that length at 559.6 miles. In addition to this coastline, there are literally hundreds of fresh water ponds, some of which have their own beaches. The largest of these is Long Pond in Harwich and Brewster (743 acres) with the deepest being Wakeby Pond in Mashpee (95 feet).
    The terrain is mostly sandy (particularly in the lower Cape, where there are some pretty impressive sand dunes) and mostly flat. The highest point is only about 300 feet above sea level. And of course you know all about Lake Wequaquet (which is actually a kettle pond too)....

    Locals divide the peninsular into four distinct regions. These are (from west to east) the Upper Cape (Sandwich, Bourne, Falmouth and Mashpee), the Mid-Cape (Barnstable, Yarmouth and Dennis), the Lower Cape (Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans) and the Outer Cape (Eastham, Truro, Wellfleet and Provincetown).

    The recorded history of Cape Cod dates back to before the time of the pilgrims when mariner Bartholomew Gosnold sailed the New England coast in 1602, naming things as he went and giving the name 'Cape Cod' to this sandy peninsula.

    When the Pilgrims first landed in the New World in November 1620, they first came ashore at Provincetown, where they rested and drafted and signed the Mayflower Compact before sailing westward and forming a permanent settlement at Plymouth.

    Later settlers were more inclined to stay on the Cape, founding fishing villages along the coasts, drawing boat builders and salt makers to support the fishing industry, and eventually attracting farmers to work the cranberry bogs, and whaling ships to meet the nation's growing demand for oil and whalebone.
    In the mid-1800s, Henry David Thoreau made a walking tour of Cape Cod, reporting on the peninsula and no doubt helping it to became a popular summer vacation destination for wealthy families from Boston and Providence.
    In 1879, Cape Cod was connected to Europe by an undersea telephone cable, which ran from Orleans to Brest in France, a distance of 4,000 miles. In the early 1900s, Guglielmo Marconi set up a wireless telegraph station on the beach in South Wellfleet to communicate with Great Britain. The station was the first to hear of and report the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Marconi's name was given to the beach and to this day Marconi Beach is a popular place for tourists to visit.

    At the beginning of the 20th century, the US government financed construction of the Cape Cod Canal (1909-14), which joined Buzzards Bay and Cape Cod Bay, cutting long hours off voyages between Boston and Providence or New York. The Sagamore and Bourne bridges were built in the 1930s and the huge tourist boom that came along after World War II, as more and more families became car owners, changed the History of Cape Cod, turning it into a tourist destination first and foremost, and leaving its fishing, farming and whaling heritage firmly in the past.

    I'll post more fun facts in a few days. Keep up this fun project. I'm learning a lot too from the people who comment on your blog. This is all great fun.
    Allie



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    1. Let's go to Plymouth over Thanksgiving.

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  46. Hello Curran! We live in Omaha, NE, otherwise known as the "Heartland". We are a military family based at Offutt AFB. Nebraska is filled with many corn fields that are used to make animal feed. The people here are very friendly and enjoy lot's of open spaces.

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    1. Do you have corn field mazes for Halloween? We have them in Connecticut.

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  47. Hi Curran,

    Well, a fun fact about where I live is that you've been here before! I'll let you see if you can guess where I live. I'm surrounded by ocean on all sides except one side has a canal instead. You can only get here by bridge or boat. Sometimes people say that this place looks like an arm jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. Where do you think I might be?

    Mr. Avery

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    1. Cape Cod! Which bridge do you go over? I went over the Sagamore bridge yesterday.

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  48. Hello, Curran!
    I was in a Google Hangout with your mom today - I do believe I saw you pass by! I'm in Elk Grove Village, IL. Fun fact? There are actually ELK in a GROVE! Also, we are about a 20 min drive from O'Hare airport, but our house is NOT in the flight pattern (phew!). I have never been to Connecticut, and to confess, I'm not a geography buff, so I might get Connecticut confused with other states in the East if you were to give me a test. That East Coast confuses me with all those tiny states!

    You taught me something today - first graders can have blogs and use them well! Please thank your mom for sharing your blog with me. :-)

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  49. Curran, great job on your blog! You've inspired me to encourage my own kids to blog.

    I live in New Orleans, LA. New Orleans was, at different points in history, part of both France and Spain. It became a part of the United States in 1803, when Thomas Jefferson bought it (along with some other land) from Napoleon.

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