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by Estifanos (age 6), of California, U.S.A.

I was looking through “The Travel Book,” and I wondered how many countries I could visit, if I only knew how to speak English.  I counted 68 different countries that have English as an official language!

Things that I would really like to go do and see, if I could only go to places with English, are:

  • Go island hopping by mail boat in the Bahamas;
  • Swim on a pink sand beach in Bermuda;
  • Visit penguins on Carcass Island, in the Falkland Islands;
  • Learn African drumming in Serekunda, in Gambia;
  • Listen to Irish traditional music in a pub, in Ireland;
  • Ride a bamboo raft to Somerset Falls, in Jamaica;
  • Go salt-water fly-fishing for dinner, in Kiribati;
  • Hunt for dinosaur footprints near Morija, in Lesotho;
  • See pygmy hippos in Sapo National Park, in Liberia;
  • Sail in an ocean-going canoe in the Marshall Islands;
  • Zip-line over Riviere Des Galets to see the waterfalls, in Mauritius;
  • Slide down garnet-laced sand dunes near Terrace Bay, in Namibia;
  • Spot elephants, lions, and hippos in Gashaka-Gumti Park, in Nigeria;
  • Snokel in Jellyfish Lake, in Palau;
  • See birds of paradise in Varirata National Park, in Papua New Guinea;
  • See mountain gorillas in the rainforest of Volcanoes National Park, in Rwanda;
  • Eat a lobster dinner in Frigate Bay, in Saint Kitts & Nevis;
  • Visit the stone-age village of Skara Brae, in Scotland;
  • Play “Swiss Family Robinson” on the deserted outer islands of Seychelles;
  • Learn traditional East African dances, and eat Maridi honey, in South Sudan;
  • Swim with humpback whales, in Tonga;
  • Learn to play the two-ball, team sport, “Te Ano,” in Tuvalu;
  • Visit the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C., in the United States;
  • Kayak through tunnels and caves, to the underground lake of Valeva, in Vanuatu;
  • Kayak through mangroves on the wild end of Saint Thomas, in the Virgin Islands;
  • Watch cheetahs hunting puku, in Zambia; and
  • Hike to see dinosaur fossils, in Zimbabwe.

The countries that have English as an official language are:

In North America:  Canada, United States

In Central America:  Belize

In South America:  Guyana

In the Atlantic Ocean:  Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, Virgin Islands

In Europe:  England, Ireland, Malta, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

In Africa:  Botswana, Cameroon, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

In Asia:  India, Pakistan, Singapore

In the Indian Ocean:  Mauritius, Seychelles

In the Pacific Ocean:  Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Soloman Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

And Australia!