As you know, Tom is getting ready to bid on his next post. As we discussed where in the world we might end up next, we got into a discussion of how far away from home, and the kids in the Bay Area, we might end up. This, in turn, made us realize how woefully mistaken we have been when we mentally place Sao Paulo within world geography.

So, I decided to create a quiz for my readers. I will ask questions, and you keep track of your correct answers. There is no grade, but simply the chance to gauge how well you picture world geography. (No worries: I’m sure you’ll do better than we did!)

Here is the map of Brazil. At the end of the quiz, you will find a world map. No cheating now, or it’s no fun. Okay, here we go. Enjoy!

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1. What is the first city that you hit if you go North along the same line of longitude from Sao Paulo?

2. Generally, what countries does the State of Sao Paulo line up with, along the same latitude?

3. What nations share a border with Brazil?

4. If you go North from the westernmost edge of Brazil, what U.S. state would you encounter first?

5. What ocean lies along Brazil’s east coast?

6. What city is farther from San Francisco, CA: Sao Paulo, Brazil, or Bucharest, Romania?

7. How much farther is Sydney, Australia, from Sao Paulo than Honolulu, Hawaii, is from Sao Paulo?

8. Which is farther from Sao Paulo: Orlando, Florida, or Windhoek, Namibia?



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1) Your first landfall outside of Brazil would be at the tip of Greenland.

2) Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, north part of South Africa, northern Australia

3) French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina

4) South Carolina (also accept North Carolina)

5) Atlantic Ocean (North and South)

6) Bucharest: 6,456 miles
Sao Paulo: 6,479 miles
Bucharest is 23 miles closer to San Francisco!

7) Sydney is 7,940 miles
Honolulu is 8,073 miles
Sydney is only 133 miles farther from Sao Paulo

8) Orlando is 4,256 miles
Windhoek, at 4,016 miles
Orlando is 240 miles farther from Sao Paulo

How did you do? I think I would have gotten 1 correct (#5). Amazing what we learn when we’re not U.S. centric, isn’t it?