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Geographically challenged

12/16/2005 07:23:00 PM, posted by anand

Over the course of my stay here, in Beijing, I've had the opportunity to meet people from various parts of the world. So far, I've met people from Taiwan, Sweden, Norway, France, US (California), Africa, Spain, Singapore etc. This place is a global potpourri.

Now, geography is not my strongest asset. I used to flunk in geography while in school.

During the course of a conversation, people usually talk about their home country, their football (soccer) teams, how well their country did in the last Olympics etc. Firstly, I have no clue where is their country is specifically located on the map. I mean, I know that Norway is a part of Europe. But beyond that, I dont know where exactly it is located. Usually, I have to go back and fire google queries and read up about the country/region to make sense of what they talked about. I know this sounds dumb, but its true. Even more embarrasing is the fact that when I tell them about India, they seem to know the place in and out. They've heard about or been to Bangalore (err. Bengaluroo - what the .... - well another post), Banaras, Pune, Bombay, Rajasthan etc.

When I ask my colleagues here about their home towns, they say "oh you must've heard of this-and-this province. I live in the southern region of that province". I dont know what the hell they are talking about. Heck, I didnt even knew that Beijing is in the North-Eastern part of China before I came here.

Someday, I hope to know more about the world I live in. I am getting better at it, one country at a time.
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