Want to see a grown man cry? Allow him access to your computer and free time with Google Earth.
Google Earth not only shows me my house from various angles (I’ll wait while you type your address in and play around a bit) but it is also a tool I use to learn more about the homelands so many of my residents have left behind.
I never heard of the country Guinea before one of the ESL participants told me that was her home. With instructions from her brother in law, I typed in the city the two grew up in and was able to show them pictures of their home.
The brother in law burst into tears, telling me it’s been seven years since he had been home.
Seven years?! I can’t imagine being away from my home for seven years. I let him sit at the keyboard and he clicked away contentedly, showing different highlights and recounting tales from his youth.
Some facts about Guinea:
Guinea, officially the Republic of Guinea, is a country in West Africa. Formerly known as French Guinea, it is today sometimes called Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from its neighbor Guinea-Bissau and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
Currency: Guinean franc
President: Alpha Condé
Official language: French Language
Points of interest: Îles de Los, Bride Veil, Dubreka: Smoking dog, More
Government: Presidential system, Republic