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Where did you pick up your travel bug?
No, I remember exactly where my early affluence at geography came from. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?. Yes, the computer game that reached its height of popularity in the late 80s -- back when floppy disks really were floppy -- is where I learned about Lima and perused Peru, all while tracking down Carmen and trying to score more points than my little brother.
I'm serious. I played a lot of that game when I was growing up and I credit it at least in part for my travel addiction in adulthood. And while I wouldn't say I'm a geography expert now, I'm certainly more knowledgeable than the average person. I don't know if it's still around, but I do know that it's a great learning tool for kids. And I bet many people my age can vouch for that.
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