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 Portuguese. I counted only 8 different countries. That surprised me. I thought there would be more. Things that I would really like to go do and see, if I could only go to places where people speak Portuguese, are:
- Surf-board on the Atlantic swells, off the coast of Angola;
- Go wildlife watching for tapirs, jaguars, cayman, and howler-monkeys, in the Pantanal, in Brazil;
- See elephants, and the western-most communities of chimps, in Guinea-Bissau;
- Sail on a dhow, past remote island archipelagos, in Mozambique;
- Explore the mediaeval Castle of São Jorge, in Alfama, Portugal;
- See sea turtle babies in the sand, on the beaches of São Tomé & Principe; and
- Play in a soccer match on the beach, in East Timor.
The countries that have Portuguese as an official language are:
In South America: Brazil
In the Atlantic: São Tomé & Principe
In Europe: Portugal
In Africa: Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique
In the Timor Sea: East Timor