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Dream Vacation: Peru, Jordan, Egypt, Antarctica

For the 3 1/2 star assignment “Create Your Dream Vacation on Pinterest!” I chose to create a board with what might be one of the most expensive vacations I could think of (hey, ideal not practical):

Petra. The Treasury.Jordan:

Ok, that picture should link to the Pinterest board.

First, I decided on where I would go. Well, I’ve always wanted to see Machu Pichu. I pinned some photos of the city, as well as some travel tips. I didn’t pin a hotel for this one, since what I can figure it’s mostly camping.

Next up, Petra! I pinned some photos like the one above, as well as a hotel in Aman, the capital of Jordan. Since I was in the Middle East, I decided to pin some photos of Red Sea scuba diving as well; I love scuba diving, and my dad (a prolific traveler and scuba-lover) has said in the past that the Red Sea is one of the best places in the world for it. I also decided that I wanted to visit the pyramids at Giza, as well; the hotel I pinned for Giza appears to have an awesome view of them from the pool.

Where to go from there? How about Antarctica? I’ve talked to someone who’s been, and it sounds really cool. Again, camping is the thing, so no hotels. Lots and lots of pretty scenery, though, especially at night when you can see the sky.

This was a lot of fun to do, and Pinterest is pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it. I would love to go on this vacation; maybe if I win the lottery/ turn out to have a secret rich old relative who leaves me millions in their inheritance.

Ibn Battuta + Google Maps

This web assignment is Google History Maps Story, and I chose Abu Abdullah Mohammad Ibn Battuta, more commonly referred to as simply Mohammad Ibn Battuta or just Ibn Battuta. (Fun fact: ibn means “son” in Arabic, so “ibn Battuta” means “son of Battuta”; this is my three years of Arabic at work, folks!)

It was a mistake.

I knew this guy was well-traveled, but YIKES. I clicked on the Wiki page and almost cried.

SO. In order to not go insane by spending 5 hours making google maps of this man (did you know that there’s only so many places you can put in at a time?), I made an executive decision to only do the Maghreb, which consists of most of North/Northwest Africa.  This way, I got more detailed maps as well.

The trip map for the Maghreb still took two maps to make, so here’s the first one:

web assignments ibn batutta 1

He started in Tangier, Morocco and made his way to Sfax, Tunisia. Then, he made his way back:

ibn batutta 2

My only beef with google maps is that it doesn’t tell you the order of the steps. Ibn Battuta went in a pretty straight line for the first map, but starts to show his wanderlust in the second. So, from the Wikia:

Maghreb

Each of those links should take you to the page of the place named, if you feel like being sucked down the rabbit hole of places Ibn Battuta visited.

Confession time: this assignment is worth 4 1/2 stars, and I think it might be partially my fault. When I went to rate it to a more appropriate 3 stars, it told me I had already rated it. Now I’m afraid I accidentally clicked on it somehow, and since it’s only been rated by three other people, I may have hyper-inflated it. Oops. Feel free to rate it yourselves and course-correct.

I used Google Maps for this, like it says on the label. Then, I screenshotted and cropped in paint. I was going to try and merge the maps somehow, but I couldn’t get the two to scale the same. Plus, I realized I have 0 clue how on earth to merge them. So that didn’t happen.

Just.. can you imagine traveling as much as this guy? In a time where the only method of transport was a camel/horse/animal? It couldn’t have been very comfortable, but geez would it have been worth it. BRB, gonna go see if the library has a copy of his memoirs, “The Travels of Ibn Battuta”.

LLBean Website Flashback

I visit LL Bean on those occasions when I just need really, really well-made clothing that’s actually meant to last outdoors. In fact, I just got two new flannel shirts for the winter, plus two camisoles. Only two, because LL Bean is sadly expensive, and even though my mom treated me, I still don’t like spending money.

So when I saw the 2 star Way Back Time Machine, I knew immediately what website I wanted to present.

SO: PRESENTING THE 1996 VERSION OF THE LL BEAN WEBSITE

llbean1996

Wow. Flashback to the early days of the internet. I mean, I started playing computer games in the early 2000s, and the start screens of ALL of them kind of looked like this. TBH, a lot of start screens still look like this. It’s very pretty, though, and shows you very clearly what kind of person their target demographic is. I like the link that (I guess?) shows you National Parks? Or state parks? Plus the outdoor sports tab. It’s very interested in getting you engaged in the outdoors. Ahhh, the early days of the internet and internet shopping.

Compare this to the LL Bean of today:

llbeannow

(Fun story, I used the website provided to find the website as it looks today. Then I realized I was an idiot; I had the website up as a separate tab from when I’d been shopping for flannels.) There’s still the effort to get you engaged in the outdoors as well as spending money– look at the “Outdoor Schools” tab on the far right. Lessons are surprisingly cheap (still, 25$ is a lot of money for a broke college kid like myself, plus they’re not exactly accessible to someone without a car). However, the Parks tab has disappeared, and there’s definitely more emphasis on shopping. Also, with the advent of clearer photography, people now expect defined photos on websites, not slightly blurry watercolors. That gorgeous scenery in the background says that LL Bean isn’t just selling you clothing; they’re selling you experiences in nature.

The website they gave you to look up the archived website was fantastically easy to use; you just put the url from the current site into the search bar and it brings it right up. It also says at the top what the earliest date is that they have an image for. I clicked on that and the 1996 site came right up. Then I just took a screenshot and cropped it in paint. Same for the modern site. The effort from production is worth one star; it’s the thinking about what the sites say that gives it the next star.