Mr. H, my student and friend, has just left after coming to my house for coffee and dango on Easter Sunday. While he was here I showed him just what you can do with computers these days.
If you’re new to this blog you won’t know that Mr. H is in his seventies and started to learn English a year ago with the goal of traveling around the world on a cruise ship. Sadly for him, his doctor recommended he not travel because of ill health. So, I decided to take Mr. H on a whirlwind tour of the world with Google Earth.
You’ve never seen such an awe-struck expression as the one on Mr. H’s face when I whisked him off to London, New York, Sydney, Wellington and Pyongyang. He just couldn’t believe how incredible it was to fly around Mount Fuji and through the Grand Canyon. We stopped off at some famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Big Ben and the Sydney Opera House, admiring the views available with Google Earth’s photo feature.
After that, I saw that Mike was online, so I launched Skype and started a video chat with my Canadian friend. Mr. H just couldn’t believe that he was talking face to face with someone on the other side of the world!
It was great to see Mr. H so happy, yet completely gobsmacked at what you can do these days on the internet. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s at an electronics store right now getting himself a webcam!If you like, you can find me on Twitter at @nick_ramsay. I'd love to hear from you!