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Thursday, September 29, 2005
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Always nice to find area's where we DO agree ;)
Dutchmarbel (ip:22.214.171.124) 29 September 2005 - 18:21 uur
Your example is all too familiar to me. I usually trick people into confusing Washington state for Washington, DC or vice versa myself. That's not always necessary though, Americans should be entertained to learn that in Europe, some people consider Hollywood a state.
Robert John Kaper (ip:126.96.36.199) 29 September 2005 - 13:39 uur
I'm nearly finished with my Geography degree from the University of Minnesota. When I've traveled to Seattle to visit my uncle who works for Boeing I regularly made the rounds to the many National Parks out there (Mt. Ranier, Mt. St. Helens, Olympic, etc.) and met many foreigners being tourists in the region. I had been under the impression that Europeans were very well tought in geographic knowledge.
Having introduced myself to more than a few, many asked me where I lived myself, I responded "Minneapolis, Minnesota".
Back in high school I knew a German exchange student. I knew that despite Minneapolis being a metropolitan area of about 2.5 million people then it's a modest sized city but probably not significant enough for foreigners to have instant recollection of where it is. So I had asked her how she would explain to her friends back home in Germany where she was. She said that she would just tell them to find the Mississippi River on a map (because she said everyone in Europe knew learned things like the biggest rivers of the continents), and follow it to the northern end and you'll find Minneapolis.
So thinking this was a pretty good idea to follow up with the visiting foreigners I'd respond, "Well, you know where the Mississippi River is?"
"No, the what?"
A few times folks knew the Mississippi River, but three times I got people that never heard of it... Needless to say, I lost my innocent belief that generally Europeans were much more better informed about American geography than Americans are of Europe. ;)
I'm sure more than a few people have their stories of geographic ignorance on both sides of the ocean.
Anondson (ip:188.8.131.52) 29 September 2005 - 7:45 uur
I was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and later spent 4 years in Seattle.
So when people ask me where I'm from, it's quite easy to just say "Washington." And if they ask "which one?", I just reply, "both"!
vaara (ip:184.108.40.206) 29 September 2005 - 14:51 uur