I like maps. A lot. I like maps, I like globes, I like tracing the lines of currents and imagining where sea monsters might hide. I like seeing where other places are in relation to where “Home” is. The other day, I was studying a 2012 political map and then testing my memory with a blank map using the same projection, and I thought, “You know, there are several countries I often forget about when trying to name everything in some of these regions.” I then realized that for a lot of places, while I might know their names and which language they speak, I know very little about the country. I decided this needed to change, and so I have decided on Geography Tuesdays. I will spend my week learning about a country on our planet, then present some of what I’ve learned here (I’m thinking video, 5 minutes or less; we’ll see). I spent a couple of hours today making a spreadsheet of all the countries by continent (alphabetized, of course). Including the oceans, seas, and large bays, I count roughly 227 countries and waters to research for this project (enough to keep me busy for the next four years & three months [give or take] if I stick with it). I’m excited. Next week I’ll be starting with a basic overview of what we have and where it is, plus what I’ll be doing for the next 227 Tuesdays. After that, we dive right in to Africa and Algeria.