Category Archives: Maps

The Gun Culture of America

How prevalent is the gun culture in the USA? Even congressional districts are drawn in the shape of guns:

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Europe, still divided

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, Europe has grown together. Countries which didn’t even exist as independent states back then are now member states of EU and NATO. The European Union reaches all the … Continue reading

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There are more important things than territorial integrity

Democracy and self-determination are great. But nobody should believe that a referendum hastily pulled out of a hat, with limited choices and without a proper prior public debate about the question posed at the polls is a good example of direct … Continue reading

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The most dangerous item in my house

The most dangerous thing in my house is not the chainsaw. Not the stockpiles of Semtex. Not even the cigars. The most dangerous item in my house is a piece of paper, attached to the wall, showing the map of … Continue reading

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Google Maps knows what is really dangerous

While planning my next adventure, I asked Google Maps for a suggested route for walking from Pakistan to Syria. From my irregular reading of newspapers and my reading of Karl May’s books a little while longer ago, I thought I … Continue reading

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How fucked up is US immigration policy?

Dear United States of America, you know your immigration policy is fucked up when some start-up entrepreneurs are so fed up with your strict visa requirements for people who wish to work, invest, start companies and create jobs, that they … Continue reading

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Who refuses to read my blog? The 33 missing countries.

In the right hand column of this blog you see a flag counter which records the number of visitors from each country. As of today, this blog has had visitors from 204 different countries. The US, Germany and the UK … Continue reading

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Poetry Slam (3) Apple Maps

The travel poetry continues: I used an app called “Apple Map” but it was total crap and only showed a gap.  

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Lithuania: Eastern Europe or not?

Ever since my move to Lithuania a few months ago, I feel like I am in Eastern Europe. In fact, discovering Eastern Europe was one of the main reasons behind my move east (I should point out that I am … Continue reading

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Book review: “The Revenge of Geography” by Robert Kaplan

A book with the subtitle “What the map tells us about coming conflicts and the battle against fate” sounded very interesting to me. Finally a book that focuses on other reasons than oil and Islam in trying to explain recent … Continue reading

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