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JAM Travel World Map

Travel with Kids

London, Singapore, Vancouver

Before starting JAM's three city day's journey, we thought it might be fun to share a few fun facts and offer a brief history lesson for the kiddos to read on these splendid cities.


JAM London Prime Meridian Photo

Prime Meridian Line

Named at various times Caer Ludein, Londinium, Lowonidonjon, Lundenwic, and Lundenburh, London was established by Romans, conquered by a Brittonic tribe led by Queen Boudica, re-inhabited by Anglo-Saxons, attacked by Vikings, conquered by Normans, and in the 16th century expanded rapidly into a major commercial center, the London of the British East India Company and Shakespeare. The original fortification wall built by the Romans still defines the boundaries of the City of London, called the ‘Square Mile’ by locals, while London contains the City of London and 32 other boroughs with a population of 8.8 million and still growing.

London is the home of the Prime Meridian,
0 degree longitude, and Greenwich Mean Time. Every place and time zone on the globe is measured in terms of its distance east or west from this line, which divides the eastern and western hemispheres of the Earth. A fitting beginning to our journey!




Sir Thomas Raffles

Halfway across the globe, during the 14th Century, while Medieval London was changing from a French-influenced country to an English one, a prince from Palembang was on a hunting trip when he caught a glimpse of an animal he had never seen before. Taking it as a good omen, he founded a city on the same spot, naming it The Lion City, or Singapura, from the Sanskrit words “simha” (lion) and “pura” (city). Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, the city flourished as a trading post for vessels from all over Asia and Europe.

In 1819, Sir Thomas Raffles established a British colony in what is now modern Singapore. After WWII, occupation by the Japanese and the British, and temporarily becoming part of Malaysia, Singapore finally became a sovereign nation in 1965. Singapore is famous today for its street food, created out of the city’s rich tradition of multiethnic influences; what began as a way of eking out a livelihood is now earning Michelin stars.



JAM Vancouver George Vancouver

George Vancouver

Vancouver’s first inhabitants arrived in the area following the Last Glacial Period, 11,700 years ago. The Coast Salish peoples had settlements thoughout modern-day Vancouver, including in what is today Stanley Park, a beautiful urban park with a West Coast rainforest. Vancouver had its beginning as a sawmill during the gold rush, gaining a saloon run by the talkative Gassy Jack, which grew into Gastown and then became Granville, and eventually Vancouver itself.

The city was named after George Vancouver, an explorer from the British Royal Navy who mapped out the Pacific Northwest coastline, and who spent only a day in the area of the city named after him. Nowadays, Vancouver has become an international hub along the Pacific Rim and a stand-in for almost every other city around the world in film and TV, from San Francisco in Godzilla to Seattle in Fifty Shades of Grey, from Minnesota in Juno to both(!) New York and Pyongyang in The Interview, from a jungle in Jumanji, to a futuristic dystopia in I, Robot.

Written by Krystal Chang



Krystal Chang

Krystal Chang is a writer and designer of flowers, installations, and landscapes in Los Angeles. Her background in architecture and construction informs the spatial quality of her work. She creates bespoke florals for events and clients including Esters Wine Shop, Lunya, Design Within Reach, and Poketo. She designs landscapes for residential and commercial clients with a focus on native and sustainable gardens.
IG: @krystalchang


Amanda Quinn Olivar, JAM's arts and culture editor, is also the editor at Curator magazine, producer of Seeing is Believing: Women Direct and the play Paint Made Flesh. She has collaborated on Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies and an upcoming project with Zandra Rhodes. She sits on the boards of London's Fashion and Textile Museum and The Chimaera Project. As a curator and arts advocate, she received the HeArt Award for her work benefiting A Window Between Worlds. Amanda has curated exhibits at The Cornell Art Museum, The Skirball Cultural Center, Fresno Art Museum, and Brand Art Center. Amanda lives and works in Los Angeles.

Thank you to Imogen Smith and Chloe Copus.