Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Geography Quiz, Take One

So I inherited my love of maps directly from my mom. She can't go anywhere without a road map and she was completely appalled that Chris and I only used google maps to get directions, rather than relying on an honest-to-goodness physical piece of paper map to get around. I haven't showed her our Garmin navigation system (thank you Greg!!) which I use practically every day. I'm not sure if she'll be impressed or disgusted. Regardless, you can't have a conversation on world events with my mom without her running over to the globe or atlas to look up the location. I was chuckling over this the other day when I realized that my knowledge of geography has suffered a bit lately. I could definitely use a refresher. I told Chris that I need to find those plastic placemats maps I had as a kid. You could feed the body and the mind while chowing down some cheerios. I think I also had the puzzles. Those were helpful. Today, I'm not sure I could even correctly place all the states on the map. All those rather flat and boring midwest states tend to run together for me at this point. Can I name all the capitals? New Hampshire? Kentucky? South Dakota? Hmmm. No. Give me a western state and I'm good, not so much for the rest of the country. Pathetic, eh?

So, we're going to start a little game. A quiz, really. I'm going to show you a geographic area, and you are going to try and name the countries that are shown.

We'll start off with an easy one: CENTRAL AMERICA

Take a nice long look at the map...
If you need a little help, here are the countries that you need to find: Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala.

I happen to have been to most of these countries (with the exception of Guatemala and Honduras, and not counting an airport lay-over in El Salvador) so this one was pretty easy-peasy for me. Let's move on to a slightly harder one!!