If you’re adamant that your child won’t eat at a McDonald like I am, you’ll find this world map a useful travel tool. (smile, and remember I am French..French children don’t throw food is the current book on my bedside table…!!!!..Ps: I LOVE a good burger, don’t get me wrong)
Granted it would be a bit obsessive to plan a family trip around that map, I still find it informative of the state of the world, as another point of view. Yes, McDonald is present in over 100 countries according to their corporate site, and you can get a Maharaja Mac in India, a Croque McDo in France, a McFiesta in Guatemala, and Kosher beef in Israel. But there are still pocket of resistance (!), such as Bolivia (read here, btw, for Fournier’s interview on beautiful Bolivia with the kids).
No matter how you interpret that map, I think it’s also a testimony to the effect of globalization over the last 50 years, another point of view. During our round the world last year, we saw McDonalds in every single country where we went, minus Burma (no surprise, the cost of a burger would be prohibitive vs. a bowl of noodles). Yes it was tempting, sometimes, to stop at a McDo for a quick and cheap meal. But we resisted, other than for the convenience of their restroom stops. We found so much more satisfaction in showing the children how to eat like a local. Here’s my husband on the Pacific highway in Australia, hanging out with the dude, just for the photo.
(Ceki, don’t hate me for publishing this without prior approval)