Infinitely more complex than it appears from first glance. A mess of roads, landmarks, towns, cities, rivers, lakes, coasts, oceans -- and everything in between. But, to me, what makes a map so special is the knowledge that until every inch of it has been covered, the possibility of travel remains endless.
When I was younger, I frequently used a GeoSafari. I loved, and still do love, the informational and fun experiences it gave me, in regard to travel, language and culture on a global scale. That could be where my love of maps started. Or, it could just be directly associated to a passion for travel.
Either way, maps have not left my side.
In fifth grade, I order some books from "The Book List" and as a complimentary gift I received a scholastic map. I still have it. It doesn't show landmarks, and it doesn't separate countries by states or regions. It is deeply vague and yet still, then and now, provided--and continues to provide--me with dreams of travel to places I could only imagine. The best part is that Australia is in the centre of the map, instead of sitting off to the side. It's a truly lovely map.
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Upon traveling in the States, I managed to pick up a LOT of maps. I think this is because of the sheer MASSIVE amount of all the different states here (fifty, as of August 1959) and each of their single necessities for maps, and mapping. One of my future goals is to cover an entire wall with all of the maps of America that I have collected, so that I have one "mass-Ameri-map" (Massive America Map). Similarly, I hope to do the same with a map of Australia, and then a world map.
However, I decided against doing that just yet on the walls of my current abode, and have instead stuck up a World Map that I found here in the States.
It's a National Geographic-issued World Map, from 1981, with Australia sitting to the right-hand side, and Africa as a prominent centre. It is printed on what I like to refer to as "tarpaulin paper" -- the kind of paper that has a waxy finish and, I like the think, could have a second use as a tent cover or, if folded correctly, a small boogie board. It is beautifully coloured and shows each state/territory/region(/country) in each country(/continent) on the map. It's beautiful.
But then I have one other that also adorns what other little space I have on my wall. It is a map from England, concentrated on the gorgeous London. Through the centre of the map runs the River Thames, and Hyde Park sits in the top left-hand corner. It sets a goal for me to make it to London soon.
Do not be fooled by windows. Even the good ones offer a limited view. Instead, see the world in its proper perspective. Spin a globe and land where you will. Discover a place. Remember a place you've never been. People and places, future and past. Ideas. History. Customs. Borders. Mysteries. It's good to wonder. ~ Replogle GlobesBut then there are the wonderful circular dream-makers--globes. Globes add a whole nother layer of joy to travel, especially such globes that have ribbing or raised areas for landmarks. Such is the globe I was given last year. A 1973 (approx.) Replogle Globe, from Chicago, Ill. (which instantly makes it ten times more legit), it adorns a shelf with Australia sitting duly frontal.
And, so, travel I will.
~ Ms. Always Traveling