The Return: Round 5

First Impressions:

Another place I don’t know right off the bat, but which reminds me of Europe. I’m basing this on the elongated van, the building style, and the few people I can see. I can’t read any of the signs yet and I haven’t looked around. I can kinda see a flag on the building but I can’t really tell what it looks like.

If I had to guess, I’d say Austria?



Looking around I see some obelisks and some towers. Still no clue where I am. Maybe somewhere in the Czech Republic. Wow. A Famous Place I do not immediately know on sight. Sweet. Still probably gonna be easier though because urban places usually are. And famous places seem to come with placards and maps.



Well, in a turn-up for the books, I’m in one of those spots that has NO handles. No where to scoot around to. This is frustrating because I can see the bits of world just beyond and now I’m feeling humbled because I DON’T recognise this famous spot.

A sign that says MUZE something?


Some rugs? And the towers …look familiar? Maybe the towers of the Hagia Sofia?


Checking the map and there’s a lot of Muzesis in Istanbul.


Now maybe I should look until I find the obelisks?

I found this configuration. and I think that the dikilita might be the obelisks?


Okay, not bad.

Although I STILL think that this might have glitched because when I zoomed in on the GeoGuessr map, I didnt’ see the obelisks. Since I’m on my final round and have made my guess, I’m now gonna look up and see if the game did, in fact, glitch.


The game DID glitch. BOO YEAH.


One final note: These are not the towers of the Hagia Sofia but rather a nearby palace.




AFTER HIATUS: WEEK NINE – Round 1: Plains, Trains, and Euro-Mobiles.

First Impressions: I’m going guess that we’re in Poland or one of the little formerly Russian countries. Wait til I get closer to that lightpole. That’ll tell me if I’m in Poland. Meanwhile, I see a blocky orange van and another one just like it in the distance. The cars I can see do seem rather European to my brain.


I decide to zoom in on the seal on the side and I find what appears to be Cyrillic lettering. I can’t read it very well at all but I know it’s not English.


Looking Around: To the west, there’s a junction with the road that our matching van is on. To the south a road stretching away. The scenery seems to be rural but not isolated. Like the outskirts of a largish town, but not a city suburb. There seem to be people waiting for a bus. There’s also a largish sign. I might go take a look at that and then double back round to the junction. South briefly, and then northwest..


I was mistaken. What I thought might be a sign, proved to be a fence. Humiliating. 🙂 Back to the junction.


There is some kind of market or store on the corner, complete with the requisite Coke ad garnishing the door. There’s something weird about how Coke permeates much of the world. By now, you could pretty much go anywhere in the world and know a market by the Coke iconography.


Just beyond the convenience store is the road sign I thought I saw elsewhere. Only this time it is a sign. To the east, lies УФА (which Hubsand pronounced as Uffa over my shoulder) and to the south ТЮЛЬГАН. (I’m spelling these using charmap so pardon any missteps.)


And it looks like we were just leaving the town of Novomur-something something, or НОВОМУРАПТАОЛО, while entering the outskirts of СТАРЫЙ МУРАПТАЛ. (That does make me wonder if we are in a former Russian republic since my brain seems to be reading that as Sztari Mura-something.)


And there’s this sign. Is this the river? I think it is. ЮШАТЫР Й Р ЮШАТЫРЬ


And another sign….


Right now I’m mostly hoping to find a road sign that indicates highway. The farmlands through here seem to indicate a lot of ruralosity. 🙂 I could easily mistake them for the Central Plains states, were it not for the road signs and cars.


A nice picturesque train rumbling through the countryside!


I’m not seeing anything that looks like a highway sign, so I’m gonna duck into my map and see if I can find Uffa. It had the largest number so must be a decent sized city to show up on signs that many kilometers away.

And yep, there’s Ufa.


So we have the approximate region: Somewhere to the left/west/southish of Ufa. Gotta narrow it down though.


Well, I found Tyulgan (ТЮЛЬГАН) on the map and Muraptalovo too! South of Ufa!


And tracing my way from Tyulgan to the junction to Ufa, I think I find my spot. There’s even a gas station a little ways north.


36.6 meters!

Pretty good!


About Ufa: It was build as a fortress under Ivan the Terrible’s reign in the 1500s. It was seiged by Coassacks and Bashkir. And it is the center of the Uga Governorate, and was the seat of Soviet Ukrainean government during WWII. More about Ufa here.