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I bought a map yesterday. I want to brush up on geography.

When I was in the first year of high school, I transferred schools in the last month and the class I was put in, required for their ninth graders, was learning geography. I got there when they were half-way through Asia. I had to quickly memorize all the other locations of countries spanning the continents for the final test, so I didn't take the chance to familiarize myself with their locations. It was like, "OK, Algeria is here, Ghana is here, Sudan is here, onto Europe Bosnia is here, Croatia is here, Estonia is here, Latvia is there, onto etc. etc. etc." 

After the class:


" Alright, where was Estonia again?"

I didn't have an incentive to learn the locations of countries again, so all that crammed knowledge slipped away. What piqued my interest for it this year was actually the Kong 2012 movement. I follow Tumblr blogs who were quick to criticise it, and one of the many points I read was, "Before you donate to Invisible Children, locate Uganda on a map." While I thought that it was irrelevant in the arguement, it had me thinking. If I can't even locate where a certain country is, what the hell do I know about it to make opinions about it? Of course, knowing where a country is doesn't mean you know everything, but you'll look kind of dumb if you're on board (or against) the cause and say, "Well...I know it's in Africa, which says everything!" 

Aside from that, learning about the locations of countries has made me realise how many I didn't know existed. I used to think the whole Arabia peninsula was just Saudi Arabia, but there's also Yemen, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait. (I had never heard of Oman before, and the locations of the others were unknown to me.) The whole African continent, save for the north, northeast, and the very south, are new material (not "new", but y'know...). I kept getting Nicaragua and Nigeria mixed up, but thanks to the Spanish class I now have that resolved, never to be mixed up again. 

Anyway, I came across the world map with the names of countries in English and Spanish and had to buy it. Thus here I am looking at it and realising..."there are some dang straight borderlines here..."


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Jun. 14th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Eh, I've never been able to locate countries on the map ^^;. I can only locate England and Italy, and the latter only cos' it looks like a shoe.
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:36 am (UTC)
Before studying geography of America, I could only locate Mexico because it was below the US, Canada because it was above the US, Cuba because it's right near Florida (kinda), Guatemala because that's where my aunt is from, Brazil because it's the biggest country in South America, and Chile because it's a sliver of a continent and who wouldn't notice how weird that is?!

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