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Linke to the assignment: Google Maps Story 

Assignment: Use Google Maps to tell a story! It can be the story of a trip you took, a trip you would like to take, a strange occurrence, a war, anything you like! The only rules are that you have to use Google Maps proper in order to tell your story, and post it here

Process: I used google maps to creation a set of directions, and used screenshots taken via google maps to help tell the story.


My trip to Japan (quite possibly the most cost effective method) last August…..

My expedition began in Los Angeles, my hometown…


It was a 35 day trip, consisting of blood, sweat, and tears. I could have spent $2000 on a round trip plane ticket, but instead i chose to travel “green” (goodbye jet fuel).

It started off quite nicely, cruising along highways and empty streets. It was as if I was in a movie, my hair blowing in the wind while driving a convertible. But as we all know, good things don’t last forever…

Here was the next set of instructions given to me:


Wait…what? Kayak for 2,756 miles? Ok, challenge accepted.

11 days later, i finally arrived in Hawaii. I was exhausted, but felt like Bear Grills.

I decided to stop by a local hawaiian restaurant (not eating for 11 days is tough, trust me).


Food has entered my system, Awesome.

After spending a few hours digesting food, it was back to the Kayak. This time i had to kayak across the pacific ocean to enter Japan….here we go.


3,879 miles later, i was in JAPAN!!!!!

Random shore i ended up at (somewhere in Japan):


I was exhausted, but i knew i had to stay strong. I stopped by a local sushi restaurant to reward myself.


It was the best sushi i’ve ever eaten in my life. I took out my cellphone to call my grandparents (they were in Kyoto at the time), but i realized that my phone was drenched from the kayaking, so i was unable to let them know that i arrived.

DAY 35:


It was a long and exhausting trip, but it was definitely worth it. I had $2000 in my pocket (which subsequently had to be spent on medical bills due to the intense kayaking strain on both my arms), a smile on my face, and most importantly, a sense of accomplishment. I’ll definitely be taking the same route when i go back to the states this summer.