Today is the day that I leave Germany. I’m not leaving forever, because I have friends here. After today, though, I won’t be a resident of Deutschland. I’m heading back to Florida. My plane out of Frankfurt is actually scheduled to depart at the exact minute this post is scheduled to go up.
While this is a travel day for me, I thought it might be fun to give my friends an idea of what my Floridian life will be like, geographically speaking, courtesty of http://overlapmaps.com/. I’ve noticed that Europeans who have never been to the United States seldom have any real idea of just how expansive the US really is. Americans who haven’t traveled here are similarly bereft of clue when it comes to scale, which is part of what makes these maps so much fun.
Here’s an example to illustrate that point. This conversation actually happened between me and a colleague back in the US:
Colleague: Hey, can you go to the data center to look at this server?
Me: The data center is in Frankfurt. That’s three hours away. I might be able to get there by tomorrow, if I leave now, go home, pack a bag, and manage to catch the next train out.
Colleague: …so that’s a no, then?
First up in our map fun: South Florida, overlayed onto the region of Bavaria I currently live in. While these distances are not exact, I can say that Munich roughly overlays where Miami is, and Regensburg roughly overlays where I will be living.
These next two are just fun: Germany overlaid onto Florida, and Florida overlaid onto Germany.
…and just for giggles, the United States overlayed across all of Europe. The US is a big place. I lived in the US for my entire life before 2011, and I still haven’t seen nearly as much of it as I have seen of Europe. I’ve gotta get on that.
Which is bigger? Your home town, or the place you live now?