At the moment, my son Callum and his wife are away from home, enjoying their honeymoon. I suppose they’re on holiday, a very special one.
My husband Andy is also on holiday. It’s the end of the official school term and because he’s a school teacher, he’s now home for the next two weeks.
What will we do during the school holidays? We could pack our bags and head off on an away-from-home holiday. But where would we go? How about Chernobyl?
Did you know anyone can take a tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone? It’s quite safe to visit this nuclear disaster area for a few days as long as we observe the rules. We could stay at the Hotel Pripyat.
It is located in the town of Chernobyl, in the Polupanova Street. All the rooms are simple, in the Soviet style. All the visitors are provided with the ironed starched linen stamped by Chernobyl special industrial complex, some soap and a towel. In quite a Soviet-style there are faults with toilet paper. Occasionally the hot running water might be off. The rooms are furnished with Soviet simple furniture…
But then again, I’m not sure I want to risk ‘faults with toilet paper’. It might be safer for us to have an at-home holiday. We could be tourists in our own town. We could visit all those interesting places that are on our doorstep, the ones we never seem to get round to seeing.
Or perhaps we could travel overseas without actually going anywhere. We could visit galleries, museums, exhibitions and even natural areas of beauty.
In this week’s podcast, I talk about at-home and away-from home holidays, and how I record all these rich and enjoyable experiences in my homeschool records book. I also share lots of interesting history, geography and science resources. Perhaps you could use them to travel the world without leaving home.
But before all the holiday talk, my daughter Sophie joins me to chat about The Wedding! And Imogen sings a little sample of the wedding music. (It was hard to capture a recording which does justice to her voice. The high notes threatened to knock the microphone over, her volume went off the scale, and she was lacking her accompanist. I’m sure you’ll take into account all these technical difficulties when listening!)