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Today I got asked by an elderly relative where Uzbekistan was.

I said Uzbekistan was below Kazakhstan.

“Can you show me on a map?” she said and handed me a book that looked suspiciously old.

It was an atlas from before World War II, from before World War I even. The Russian Federation was still called “Russian Empire” on its maps. The Soviet Union had never existed.

We managed to find Samarkand, though:

And when I opened a map of China I found out that one of the mountain ranges I had walked past many years ago used to be called “Richthofen mountains” after German explorer Ferdinand von Richthofen:

At least the Germans apparently liked to call it that.

I got inspired to do some more drawing on my own personal map:

The last time had been more than two months ago.

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