When preparing for the 5th Grade Geography Bee I poured over maps for a couple of weeks. I honestly don't remember how well I placed in the Bee (which leads me to believe it was not high), but I did learn about Andorra!
Andorra is the tiny little principality tucked in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain. Bet you didn't know there was a country there! Well, there is. And I felt like I was the only person in the world who knew about this secret little tucked away place of 85,000 people who mostly graze sheep and provide tax shelters for the people of Europe. It had me hooked. What other little jewels were hiding in those maps? I just had to find out.
So now I am once again deep in the colorful papers, cutting out the curving lines of states and nations, and trying to discover what secrets these maps hold as I puzzle them together. I may be MIA for a bit as I set to gluing everything down, and sticky fingers don't make for good typing. But I promise you that I will be back soon, and with beautiful things to show you!
In the mean time, please tell me your stories in the comments. If you love maps like I do, spill the beans. If you don't know what a map looks like, then I am here for you, too, though we may have to pull out the maps over afternoon tea and get acquainted.