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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 10y


Maybe a strange subject but are there travelers who, just as me, know much about topography (I think this is the english word) of the world/countries etc?

I know most of the countries capitals for example and can name several cities in most countries. On the other hand, I don't know much about politics or economy of a country.

I ask this mainly because during travelling I've met people who did not even know the capital of the country they were in.
But maybe that's me, being a freak.....or not?

Cheers, Michael.

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 26, 2006 2:37 PM by Utrecht ]

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Are you not the geosense guy? Are you one of the guys who have 800 points ore more on average? How the hell is it possible to get such an average. I think my knowledge of topgraphy is pretty good. I have been always extremely interested in the topography of the world and imagined how it would be in certain areas and cities in the world. FC Utrecht did a bad job today by the way, Utrecht.

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 26, 2006 3:44 PM by wouterrr ]

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 10y

yes, in fact I am, I played that game a lot. After a while you know exactly where the cities are located on the world map. Only the advanced world is still difficult because there seems to be no end on the number of cities.
one tip: keep you mouse on one city (centre of the world) and when that city appears, click immediately..extra points!

I am not really a footbal enthusiast, but if I have to choose...well then FC Utrecht of course.

Good luck! Michael.

4. Posted by Demian (Full Member 117 posts) 10y

Utrecht fans unite! ;) I actually never went to a game just to watch it, but worked in Nieuw Galgewaard (their home stadium, for all non-utrechters) quite a lot - in the catering. And for four years I lived close enough to hear the cheering, when the wind was right...

What those capitals concerned, when I was younger, I always did that game with my parents on long car journeys: one names a country or a capital, and the other has to name the matching capital or country... I used to be quite good. Although that Geosense game nailed me... as I don't know where the f*ck those cities lay (most of the times I'm just glad I have the right country...)

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting Demian

Utrecht fans unite! ;)

Sorry Demian can't do that. I am a diehard Roda JC fan

6. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 10y

Well, Michael, I don't think you're a freak for liking this kind of information. It's not for everybody, because to some people it is extremely boring and of no consequence in their lives. I believe everybody should know as much about this planet as that way, maybe we wouldn't be f***ing it up so much and have a bit more appreciation of what we have.

And don't feel bad about seeing people while travelling who really have no idea about the country they're in......there are high school kids (ages 14-18) around here who can't find North America on an unmarked map, much less what the State Capitol is called. And that is a shame.

Topography and geography are very important subjects. People should know why an area is as it is, where glaciers receded and how that made the local society what it is today, why the local foliage has caused people to farm in certain ways...these things are all inter-related, yet I think many people fail to see the big picture. Culture has evolved according to what the Earth provided.

It's always good to know something of a place you are visiting, even if it's only right next door. I have found people in countries I have visited to become friendlier once I mention a piece of trivia or a famous name or a sport from their country. It seems to give people the impression that you cared enough to do a little research.

Carry on. I'm off to research Ireland. Now what's the gaelic term for "excuse me, but your sheep has plummetted from that tree"?

7. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 10y

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting Demian

Utrecht fans unite! ;)

Sorry Demian can't do that. I am a diehard Roda JC fan

And I like Ajax.

Don't think you're strange, Michael. As beerman pointed out, geography and topography are very important, and it's a shame that not many people are familiar with them. I once had "Oh, Singapore is a province of China", and my jaw dropped .

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 28, 2006 11:11 AM by summer910 ]

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 10y

Well, I guess it's something I have to live with then..and that's good thing. Don't want to react like that american in a joke: "O, you're from Holland, do you know Jacob from Copenhagen?"..

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 28, 2006 11:56 AM by Utrecht ]

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting summer910

And I like Ajax.

10. Posted by Peter (Admin 5844 posts) 10y

I've heard of people who ask such bright questions as "Spain? Where in Mexico is that?"

Those are the freaks..

and err.. kom op PSV!!