This is interview number four in our series “Through the Eyes of the Traveling Child”. We are honored that Calla and Magnolia responded to our interview.
Calla and Magnolia are touring the world with their parents and are All Over The Map. Let’s see what they have to say about her experiences:
Through the Eyes of the Traveling Child – Calla & Magnolia from All Over The Map
Provide us with a little background on who you are.
We are Calla and Magnolia Totaro. We are 13 years old and we are twins. We have been traveling around the world with our parents for eleven months, and in one week we’ll go back home to Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington, DC.
Where do you call home?
What do you like most about traveling?
- Magno: food! I like tasting all the different food wherever we go.
- Calla: food!
How long have you been traveling and where have you lived so far?
We have been traveling for 11 months through Europe, Asia and South America. The longest we have stayed anywhere was in Buenos Aires for one month.
What have you learned from your travels thus far?
- Calla: That traveling is fun, and the world is big!
Tell us about how you are receiving your education?
We are homeschooling just for this year. We have a math textbook for math, and a history textbook that we’re working through. We go to a lot of museums, and we practice writing by writing about the countries we’re visiting.
How many languages can you speak and at what level? Was it difficult to learn?
- Calla : I speak some Spanish. I can understand a lot, because I went to a partial Spanish immersion elementary school in Virginia. I study some online while we’re traveling, and we took a class for a week in Argentina.
Do you have many friends?
- Calla: I have lots of friends at home who go to the same school as me. We keep in touch with Instagram, iMessage, Kik, messenger, SnapChat.
- Magno: I have awesome friends back home. On the road, we’ve met a lot of people, and we keep in touch with them on Facebook, mostly.
What has been your favorite adventure?
- Magnolia: I took a circus class when we were in Buenos Aires for a month. It was super super fun. I wasn’t sure if I would like it at first, because I wasn’t that good at Spanish, but I loved it.
- Calla: we did a high ropes course with zip lining in New Zealand. It was very fun and scary. So was the trapeze class we took in Los Angeles. It was tough, but it was worth it.
Do you have a favorite game you play when you travel?
We have a family card game called Sets and Sequences that we play sometimes. It’s sort of like rummy but it has lots of different hands and it takes hours to finish a game.
Is there anything you miss seeing, having, doing?
- Magno: I miss the ice cream places we go to at home. I miss Old Town Alexandria, which is near where we live.
- Calla: I miss American candy and going to the pool. And seeing my friends, of course.
What is the one thing you are happy you brought with you?
- Calla: my iPod, because it keeps me in touch with my friends and keeps me entertained on long bus or plane rides.
Where do you want to go next?
Calla and Magnolia: Home!
- Calla : The next place I want to go is Puerto Rico.
- Magno: I want to go to the Netherlands.
Do you have your own blog or write about your experiences?
- Calla: I have an Instagram where I sometimes post pictures from our trip.
- Magno: I have a Tumblr but it’s not about our trip at all.
Calla & Magnolia, Thank you for sharing with all of us!
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We often are asked about what the kids think of their experience as a traveling child and how things are going. Do they have friends, how are they being educated and are they social? We thought these are likely questions for all types of families, so we decided to start a family travel interview series “Through the Eyes of the Traveling Child”.
We don’t often get exposed to the opinion of the kids and perhaps think we should. We all know the Wagoner kids are full of their two cents worth and are loving travel. If you would like to read other interviews in our Traveling Child Series, just click the image below.
Thanks for following along! Do you have a traveling child who would like to be part of our series? Just let us know.