The Golden Week has ended and it is time for school and work again. The end of long holidays is a sad time, especially for people who like and enjoy them. I enjoyed the Golden Week a lot with friends and by destressing, but I also look forward to my classes after holidays because I like hearing my students’ stories.

Speaking of stories, last week I finished reading a book entitled “The Geography of Genius.” It is about the places where many geniuses were located at the same period of time like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle in Athens; Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo in Florence; and Mozart, Beethoven and Freud in Vienna.

The author, Eric Weiner, focused on creative geniuses or, as he quoted in his book, a person who has “the ability to come up with ideas that are new, surprising, and valuable.” He didn’t consider very smart people or people with high IQ as genius because, as he said in his book, “plenty of people with extremely high IQs have accomplished little, and conversely, plenty of people of ‘average’ intelligence have done great things.”

I enjoyed reading the book because it was interesting learning about famous historical people and the places they lived in. The book also contained some things that I think people can do in order to be more creative; thus, be more able to “come up with ideas that are new, surprising, and valuable.”

So for the next days I will be sharing the things that I liked and I thought were interesting from the book, and, of course, the things that I think are related to learning a language. I am, after all, an English teacher.