Monday, January 20, 2014

Travel For A More Peaceful World

Oslo City Hall and Nobel Peace Prize ceremony site
"Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There is no greater gift to your children than opening up the world to them through travel. Letting them experience different cultures, customs, food and languages breaks down barriers. They learn that we are all different and yet we are all equal. It teaches them to not be afraid of the unknown, to not be afraid of someone whose appearance is unlike theirs, and to appreciate the unique qualities each of us brings to this world.

The Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden
Fifty years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. accepted his Nobel Peace Prize in the auditorium of the University of Oslo in Norway. In 1990 the ceremony moved to Oslo City Hall, and this majestic public building is open every day of the year. I wrote about our visit here, and you shouldn't miss the opportunity to walk through the same halls as President Obama (2009), Kofi Annan (2001), Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk (1993), just to name a few winners inspired by the messages of Dr. King.

The Nobel Museum in Stockholm brings all of the talented and inspiring award winners to life in a very kid-friendly way. A scavenger hunt around the museum will introduce your kiddos to some very important people, and if they answer all of the questions right (which of course they will, it's not too challenging) they will receive their own gold Nobel Prize (in chocolate). Read my review of our visit here, and be sure to add it to your list of adventures on your visit to Stockholm.

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