I was talking to my sister who wanted to take a vacation to Hungary and I realized that I literally have a mental map of Eastern Europe and the Balkans seared into my brain. I could place where Hungary was in relation to Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania or Bulgaria and it was shocking to me how much I had absorbed from CK. This map is a few centuries out of date but if you had asked me a year ago to put Switzerland or Azerbaijan or Georgia on a blank map I wouldn’t have been able to do but I can pretty much get it spot on now just based on historical kingdom locations. I’m not sure if knowing the borders of the heptarchy in England is useful but I sure as hell could give a good go identifying them if it came up on jeopardy. It’s like this passive absorption of world geography that is pretty neat. Anyone else have this experience?
I'm European and I love Canada, even though I've sadly never been there, I see it as some sort of perfect Utopia (I know it isn't but I can't get it out of my head). I also love to watch Canada through Google Streetview but I've noticed that Google Streetview isn't available for a big part of Canada (I think because it's mostly because it's very sparsely populated. This made me wonder: what's is there what I'm not seeing? I'm especially interested in Nunavut since there are no asphalt roads there, is there just forest in between Nunavut and the rest of Canada? Or are there huge ice plates or maybe isolated tribes something? I may sound really stupid but I'm genuinely interested.
When I read a book based on Geopolitics, I often see mentions of towns, provinces, mountains etc. I do see the geopolitical explanation, when I open the map, but that's pretty much it. Later, when I try and visualize that in my head, I don't really have a clear image anymore. It feels as if I am trying to digest too much information at the same time, given that all the information is not just text but a 2D image instead. I have considered drawing my own maps, but that is a bit time consuming. Any suggestions?
For example, the shortest driving route between Buffalo and New York City, at the northwestern and southeastern ends of New York State, passes through Pennsylvania and New York. Buffalo is also one of two American cities (the other is Tulsa) where you can't drive to another major American metro area using exclusively Interstate or limited access highways without paying a toll.
Here Romania is divided by the Carpathian Mountains and probably the Danube. Here in Wallachia we are more Orthodox, mostly Romanian and had/have an agrarian economy. We also have slavic/ottoman influenced culture.
Transilvanya, which is on the other side of the Carpathians was always under Hungarian or Austrian rule (no Wallachians could get past the Carpathians to connect with the other Romanians there). They have a more central European culture, had a trade/ manufacture based economy and their language is a bit more latin (Like the Oltenians they where part of Roman Dacia)
Dobrogea was separated by the Danube to the West and had acces to the Black Sea. Therefore it's a really diverse place, a melting pot of the Black Sea.
What about yourc country?
I’m currently getting my bachelor’s at ASU in GIS but I’m trying to see if it would be better to get my bachelors in Geography and a certificate in GIS. Are job opportunities different for each degree?
Two short geography-related stories involving roommate Kevina.
As I have mentioned in past stories, my roommate Kevina was dating a long-distance truck driver. He once took her on one of his trips to the southern US (we're in Canada). Upon returning, Kevina said the biggest surprise of the trip was seeing that Texas is not "just a desert".
Another time, Kevina said her dad wanted to take her to the states for a day trip by car. She was excited and hoping they would see the Grand Canyon. (Once again, we're in Canada)
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I'm having an election party tomorrow, and my mom told me to make election map coloring sheets for everybody to color in as one of the activities. I made the map, but my mom didn't like it because I didn't label the states because "if they call Wyoming, how am I going to know where Wyoming is?" and she told me that "you know where all the states are because you're good at geography but most people don't"
Is it really that common for Americans to not know where the states are?
HOWDY, I'm trying to get a Christmas gift for my roommate who's a huge geography/GIS fan (as am I, but that's besides the point), and I'm not really sure what gifts I should get him. I found some really awesome map mugs (you guys might appreciate them, too, so they're linked), and I also found some funny other funny mugs, but I was wondering what you guys thought would be a good gift!