May 14, 2013
So there is a cool new game where you get a random image from Google maps and you have to guess where you are in the world. From when I heard about it I knew that it would be my thing. Yeah it is totally great. You get points based on how close your guesses are to the actually location. The first on I got was low hills with cat tails by the road, no buildings at all and a traffic sign on the right hand side. I guessed USA because of the traffic sign and I think cat tails are in marshy areas, but it had the hills. My guess was somewhere in the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. Turns out it was Brazil, oops. Then I realized you can actually navigate around to get a better sense of the location not just the single snapshot. The next one was a fancy shopping area. Seemed obviously Japan. I guessed Tokyo; it was actually Osaka but my score definitely got better. Then there was a plain-y area with modern metal buildings and farming equipment. I guessed Amarillo Texas; it was in Kansas. Number four was on an inland waterway. The signs looked like they were in Spanish. I navigated around a bit more and saw a number of signs that said Ponte (I think.) Then I found some signs that had .br web addresses. Brazil again, Portuguese not Spanish. My last place was basically this:
I went exploring trying to figure out the Cyrillic alphabet and find a clue. Pizza Place, Movie theater, a Botanical Garden, this crazy place…The tower reminds me of something in St. Petersburg and I know St. Petersburg has a famous garden I was about to guess when I saw a sign in English, you guessed it… Ekaterinburg. I found it on the map, made my guess, and got my score. Less than 2 km from correct. Cool. You should try Geoguessr. It’s really fun.