the map room

Welcome to the Map Room, where past journeys across the globe are recorded and new mission trips, expeditions and other excursions are being charted. In addition to the world map below, I will gradually be including more detailed ones of every country and region I have previously visited.

Our world is vast with an incalculable number of languages and dialects, ethnicities, tribes and geographic monuments. Where do you want to go?

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Light colored lines show where I have traveled so far while dark colored lines predict where I will be going in the near future…

Japan, a place where the past truly does meet the future.  It is not simply a cliche.  This beautiful  country is my missions post, where I live and work.
JAPAN, a place where the past truly does meet the future. It is not simply a cliche. This beautiful country is my missions post, where I live and work. At the moment, my home is in Ageo city, Saitama, near Tokyo and Urawa.

South Korea, my first foray into English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching.  I was an ALT here for a year and enjoyed the Korean people`s charm and spicy food.
SOUTH KOREA, my first foray into English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching. I was an ALT here for a year and enjoyed the Korean people`s bold charm and spicy food. I lived in Buyeo (Puyo), a small town in south Chungchong nam-do.

First to Shanghai in 2010 and then to Beijing and the Great Wall of China this year, 2013.  China is a step into a different world and one can definitely feel the depth of history here from the food to the street layouts and language.
CHINA, first to Shanghai in 2010 and then to Beijing and the Great Wall, early 2013. China is a step into a different world and one can definitely feel the depth of history here from the food to the street layouts and language. The people are curious and straight forward with communication. From the many stares and their attempts to chat with me, I seemed something of a puzzle to them. We will talk again soon.

Ahh...France.  I can never forget you and sweet, sweet Paris.  I traveled here to the city of light in 2005 accompanying my younger sister and the family for her graduation gift.  The metropolis itself with it`s many statues and grand boulevards felt like a work of art to me.
Ahh…FRANCE. I can never forget you and sweet, sweet Paris. I traveled to the city of light in 2005, accompanying my younger sister and the family for her graduation trip. The metropolis itself, with the many statues and grand boulevards, felt like a work of art to me, one that I will return to, believe me.

7 responses to “the map room

  1. Looking good Ellis, I’m looking forward to the updates!

    How was Korea dude? I’ve heard a few tales from Josh but hoping to jump over for a short time this year.

  2. Thanks so much bro! There will definitely be more coming, weekends will see a bump in posts and updates you can imagine. Korea was an amazing, mind bending experience because I was expecting to come to Japan with Nova and…well you know about Nova lol So, after 4 years of Japanese language and culture study, I was totally unprepared for Korea! I eventually succumbed to the country though. The people are vibrant and in your face when getting to know you, they don`t beat around the bush. And yes, the food is spicy and garlic flavored, but so so good. Galbi is cheaper there too. You`ll love it man.

  3. wow! that’s great, bet you gain a lot of experience visiting new places new culture new people… I love Korea I speak a bit of Korean and I surely love Korean food .. but still didn’t get exactly where the ” dark line” was pointing at, Somalia or Kenya? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Korea huh? Yeah I lived there for a year as an English teacher, you spend much time there? Where exactly are you anyway if you don`t mind me asking?
      ah lol yes the dark line is pointing to Kenya, i`m going on a missions trip there later this year, can`t wait!

      • no I never was there ^^’ or better to say not yet! I’m a Korea fan from distance …there are just too many places I want to visit …
        I’m living in Austria ๐Ÿ™‚
        Kenya! wow cool! must be really excited.

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