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Pint-size globetrotter treks around world again

He’s back at it again. Pint size globetrotter 11-year-old Khalil Richardson of Halifax recently returned from his ninth venture abroad.


Khalil along with his grandfather, Dr. Percy Richardson, visited the most famous cities and landmarks in Italy March 1-11.

“I want him to understand the role of Italy as the once mighty Roman Empire and its role as the center of the world and its influence on Christianity,” Dr. Richardson said.

 Khalil and his grandfather had a chance to visit Venice, Rome, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii and the Vatican City.

 “I learned about the language and the historical sites like the Coliseum, the Roman Forum and the Catacombs. I learned about the government and the educational system over there. I also had a chance to see the statue of David, the landscape of Pompeii and many basilicas where saints were buried,” Khalil said.

 Khalil had an opportunity to visit the basilicas of St. Peter, St. Mark and St. Francis of Assisi.  

He also had a chance to visit the Trevi Fountain and the famous Venetian glass shop where Venetian glass is made and shipped all over the world. Some items in the shop ranged from $1,000 to $10,000, he recalled.

 Khalil experienced many new and different dishes in Italy, but his favorite was a wild boar sandwich he ate when he went to lunch in Assisi. He also visited a market where he saw live squid and octopus for sale.

Khalil said he really enjoyed his many experiences in Italy.

“My adventure to the Roman Empire was awesome. I was able to take a real look into history and see and experience it firsthand. I am ever thankful to my pop for the wonderful experience,” Khalil wrote in a journal he kept about his experiences in Italy.

He only wished he could have stayed in Florence and Rome a little bit longer to learn more about the architectural sites and history.

Khalil said he found Italians to be more laid back, and they never seemed to be in a rush to go anywhere. Italians also were more sociable, Khalil said.

He did see similarities to the United States in Italian’s agricultural system, family values and religious aspects.

Khalil said he brought back plenty of souvenirs for his friends and family.

“I brought Venetian glass necklaces for my teachers and scarves for my aunts. I got T-shits and pocketbooks for my cousins, and I bought an Italian silk tie for myself along with other Venetian glass products,” he said.

Khalil and his grandfather encourage others to visit Italy so they can learn the impact of the Roman Empire on the world and Christianity. 

It’s important that people know about the reign of Caesar, Cleopatra and the influence of Africans on the Roman Empire because there were some black emperors, he said. 

According to the Richardson traveling duo, sites to see while in Italy include the pagan temple and the famous Coliseum built by 10,000 to 18,000 Jews, the Sistine Chapel which features artwork of Michelangelo depicting the lives of Moses and Jesus. The place where the pope is elected also is a must see, Dr. Richardson said.

Khalil is quick to say he is ready to travel abroad again, and plans for visiting Costa Rica are in the making. 

Dr. Richardson said he and his grandson also are planning a trip to the West Coast later this year, and Dr. Richardson anticipates a visit to South Africa this summer.