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My Trip to Italy With Little Passports

Child watching basil growWhen my mom calls out that a new Little Passports package has arrived, my first question is, “Where are we going?” I was happy to find out that this month’s package was Italy because I love pasta! It’s always a race to the table for my siblings and me when a Little Passports package arrives. Who gets to open the blue-and-white envelope? This time, it was my little sister, and she immediately went for the souvenir: basil seeds!*

I was really excited to start my own basil plant. I love gardening. Having this yummy herb in my home, even through our long winter, is a special treat. We decided to plant the seeds right away. We put some potting soil in a cup, added the seeds, watered it, and set the whole thing in the little greenhouse that we have on the windowsill of our work room.

Then we went back to the kitchen table to read the letter from Sam and Sofia. Reading the letter out loud to my siblings is my job. In the first sentence, Sofia taught us how to say hi in Italian—ciao. For the rest of the afternoon, my brother and I took every chance we could to say ciao to my mom, our neighbors and friends.

Next, we got out the map. Putting the stickers on is my little sister’s job! The Italy suitcase sticker was a picture of the Learning Tower of Pisa. Did you know that the tower was built on weak ground? Sofia explained in her letter that that’s why it leans to one side.

Marinara exampleMy favorite thing about Little Passports is the activity booklet. There are so many things to do in each package! In this one, we learned some more words in Italian and did a word puzzle to find out what next month’s package would be. There was also a recipe, and I love to try making new things in the kitchen. The recipe for Italy was a marinara sauce—yea! My mom had baked bread that morning, so a marinara sauce would be the perfect thing to go along with it. It was a really quick and easy recipe, and more importantly, it was delicious!

We put it to a taste test while looking at the postcard. On the front was a beautiful picture of Venice, a city in Italy where the streets are actually canals filled with water! Sam and Sofia were riding in a gondola—a boat that takes people around the canals. My mom told us about when she and my dad rode in a gondola through Venice. It sounded awesome!

I went to bed that night wishing I could see the Leaning Tower of Pisa with my own eyes. I told myself that someday I will go to Venice and ride through the city in a gondola. I thought about Italy a lot after that. Our basil plants were a constant reminder, and we used the leaves in many dinners. Ciao, amici!


*Note: The Italy package no longer contains basil seeds, and instead includes a 3D model puzzle of a gondola in the canals of Venice.

About the Contributor

Little Passports Guest Blogger Zahra Y.10-year old Zahra Y. lives outside of Montreal, Quebec. Her favorite things are her violin and her chickens. She speaks French and English fluently and is learning Arabic. She dreams of traveling the world and putting those languages to use one day!

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  1. On 05/17/2017 Sarah said:

    Very well written! I felt like I was opening the box myself! Can’t wait to order Little Passports for my daughter now!

  2. On 05/18/2017 Heather said:

    What a wonderful description of the packages! I’ve been considering Little Passports for awhile now and this writer makes it sound so fun!

  3. On 05/18/2017 Brigitte said:

    I can’t wait to read about whichever country you’ll be exploring next!

  4. On 05/18/2017 Dale said:

    Loved the article -what a great writer!

  5. On 05/18/2017 Maggie said:

    What an excellent review!

  6. On 05/18/2017 Mireille said:

    Wow!! Congrats on your very first Blog Zahra! Very well written!✨

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