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If you ever wanted to learn more about European history but could never find the time or the energy to spenmd looking through maps and books, then Look no further. Here, with the time-lapse map in the video below. All of that history from 1000 AD until 2003 has been boiled down and filtered in order to show the continent’s history in just three-and-a-half minutes.
The map traces changes in Europe’s borders from 1000 AD until 2003, and was created using software from the Centennia Historical Atlas.
Watch how the Byzantine Empire falls apart, follow the victories of the Mongols as they reach all the way across the Asian continent, and watch national borders shift. All of the preceding is accompanied by a very dramatic soundtrack by Hans Zimmer from the Inception score.
Well, Dylan, my world traveler, is home for the summer. He arrived last night sometime after 8:30 P.M. bearing flowers for his Mom, and still in time for Chinese food. He regaled us with stories from college and filled us in on his (immediate) plans for the Summer. After Dinner, we helped him unload the car, and yeah, he somehow managed to fit all of this in the vehicle with him.
Yeah, it is good to have him home again, even if it only for a (relatively) brief time.
Last month My daughter traveled to Poland and Israel with her youth group — and some 10,000 other teens from around the world — on a trip called The March of the Living. This trip is for Jewish teens around the world to spend a week in Poland visiting the Death Camps and marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Holocaust Rememberance Day, then traveling to Israel for a week and spending Independence day there. (My son made this same trip when he was a Junior some years ago.)
Here is a (sideways) video where Kayla talks a bit about her trip while still on it). Not sure why the vid was uploaded sideways, but you know, there it is.
Needless to say, while she was in Israel she did some shopping and brought back souvenirs for us. For me, she managed to somehow acquire not only a Spider-Man watch but a bar of Spidey Israeli chocolate.
Today, my daughter, Kayla, who was participating in the Maccabi Games in Israel these past two weeks, arrived home. The games are a Jewish, Teen Olympics of sort, and this is her third year participating (previously she played in games held in White Plains, NY & Richmond, VA).
Kayla, as the resident “jock” in our family, is the Queen of All Sports. Truly, she has one for every season: Field Hockey in the Fall, Indoor Track in the Winter, Lacrosse in the Spring, and Basketball in the Summer (which is what she played for the Stamford, Maccabi team).
Personally, I get tired just thinking of all the exercise she is getting.
Well, she is home now and in addition to bringing home some cool Spidey stuff for me, presents, and stuff for others; she brought home a very unique Coke bottle, as well as some important memories, and interesting stories.