While I was reading "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini, a story set in Afghanistan, my mind began to wander. In the truest sense of "armchair" travel I was "there." I had a taste for cherries, the world was filled with danger around the corner, and I recalled showing school papers to my parents. Mostly I wanted to know more about the place. Next step was to use my handy online library reference tool "Grolier" to research the country.
I managed to expanded on the fulfilling act of reading a work of fiction. This activity served to advance my overall appreciation of a place and time in history. It expanded my understanding of the world. In doing so, I gave myself the context necessary to understand and give value to the characters and events of the story. This overall experience was rewarding.
I am now looking for just the right book to begin my next Read Around the World Adventure. Since I'm looking for one set in a "B" country of the world, my adventure will seem rather Hop Scotchy.