Our visit to North America resulted in me learning rather of lot of geography. I know where the larger Canadian states are. We had a cute captain when we canoed, so in a stalking like matter, I had know where his home province was, Nova Scotia. We spent time in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. The capital city of Canada is Ottawa. The capital of British Columbia is Victoria on Vancouver Island. Calgary is a big city in Alberta Province and may be its capital.
I learnt that Canada is the second largest country in the world, bigger even than Australia, and it has rocks and trees........and water.
I learnt exactly where Niagara Falls are and interestingly that the river is only a waterway draining one lake to another. I've some knowledge of a couple of big lakes, the Trans Canada Highway, which runs across the sea to Vancouver Island as well as on land and the basic topography of some of Canada.
Again in stalker mode, I did look at where Strayer lives in Oregon, but until our visit to Vancouver, I did not know how close she is to the Canadian border. Rubye is even closer still in Portland.
I now have a good idea of the layout of Manhattan, New York, but I also picked up exactly where the other boroughs are, that the state of New Jersey is just across the Hudson River and that it is arguable as to whether Manhattan is an island or not. Knowing the boundaries of New York State seemed important, so I have that down pat too.
I also have vague knowledge of Vancouver and Toronto and some smaller Canadian towns on the tourist trail.
You know though, the most marvellous thing about having blog mates all over the world is that I learn things about the countries they live in. I know heaps of things about Netherlands, England, Scotland and Wales, about Toronto, Budapest, Belgium, Spain and Poland. I've learnt so much about our great outback, about Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney and even Papua New Guinea. Do I want to know anything about northern Tasmania? I have only to ask. I know some about country Queensland and country New South Wales. I've also learnt that while the American stereotype might hold for many, the Americans I have contact with do not fit that stereotype at all. Of art, especially public art, culture and literature, flims, plays and various performances right down to busking. All quite marvellous really. I look forward to much more.
PS, it was doing my head trying to remember all of you, so if you feel left off the list, it's not that I don't care.........
PPS This was supposed to only be about geography. I got carried away a bit.