November 13, 2020
When I was in elementary school (grades 1-6 in the US) and junior high school (7-8 in the US), I was very interested in foreign places. I read everything I could about various places. When I was in 6th grade, I signed up for a program for foreign pen pals. It was so exciting to get a letter from someone in a different country! The letters would come airmail in a thin envelope from many places from around the world!
When I was a young adult, I became enamored with the idea of trying to cook dishes from around the world. I wasn’t sure, and I’m still not sure, if I would ever get to go to all those wonderful places. I decided if I couldn’t go, I’d at least get to taste the food. This was before the internet, so if I wanted to find recipes, I would go to the library and check out cookbooks. The library had a much larger selection of cookbooks than the bookstore and I didn’t have a lot of money. There was a Greek cookbook in the library that had the most amazing recipes and while I’ve looked for it since, I’ve never been able to find it.
I’ve been enjoying how WordPress combines writing to people from around the world and getting recipes from around the world. When my stats page shows that people from other countries have visited my site, I get the same thrill I got as a child when I found an airmail letter in the mailbox!