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Allyson Lubs

After an incredible adventure to Dearborn where I was able to learn more about Geography education and My Wonderful World, I came home with many new tools to enhance my geography teaching. I have not only been able to bring back resources for myself, but many for my colleagues who are hoping to go to NCGE next year. I don't think I could pick out something favorite from Dearborn, everything was awesome. I do have to say Al-Ameer was wonderful, a great adventure with Natalie and some of our fellow PEC's, along with a trip to the supermarket across the street!

My school is now covered with MWW posters, students will be engaged in Geography Awareness Week quizzes to earn points for their classroom only to crown a "Geography Champion" class!

Thank you for the oppurtunity to attend NCGE and the MWW PEC training, it was really wonderful.

Sarah Jane

Glad you had as much fun as we did, Natalie. Thanks for the great feedback!

I second Natalie on the Al-Ameer recommendation, we went to this Lebanese restaurant too and had a great meal with plenty of leftovers to share.

Did you know that the Detroit area has one of the largest Arab populations in the world outside of the Middle East? That's a little tidbit I left out of my post yesterday, but one we definitely experienced firsthand during our trip.

Check out these the articles:
http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/40/2/13-b
http://www.islamonline.net/english/News/2001-07/18/article7.shtml

Of course for all you human/cultural geographers out there, recall the distinction between Arabs and Muslims:

Arab refers to members of an ethnic group from the Middle East region. Many Arabs practice the religion of Islam and are therefore "Muslim," but nearly equal as many are Christian, and a minority follow Judaism or other religions (e.g. Zoroastrianism). Muslims are followers of the religion of Islam, and include Arabs and many other ethnic groups; the majority of the world's Muslims are NOT Arabs!

We witnessed this distinction in Dearborn. Is the Islam tradition, it is forbidden to drink alcohol. Consumption of alcohol IS allowed in the Christian religion, however. Therefore, some of the "Middle Eastern" restaurants we visited served alcohol, while others did not!

Natalie Wojinski

I don't think I could name a single favorite part of NCGE! The MWW team provided fabulous training for the Public Engagement Coordinators. While there is definitely a serious purpose in raising awareness about the necessity for geographic education, we still had a lot of fun. I enjoyed attending sessions and workshops (the US has some truly fabulous geography educators out there!) and enjoyed seeing a tiny bit of the city. If you go to Dearborn, be sure to check out http://www.alameerrestaurant.com/menu.htm The food is delicious and it seems to pack in a crowd every night! NCGE was a wonderful experience for me...my students are still hearing stories about my adventures.

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