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Simon Norton
Travel blogger & snowboard addict (owner of ) with a penchant for longhaul overland travel. Travelling since Before FB!
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Nice little hike up Suraksan in this afternoon
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The Cosmos May 20
Hubble Catches a Spiral Galaxy in Disguise Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
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Simon Kuestenmacher May 20
The Subway vs McDonald’s shows which fast food chain has more outlets in a country. Source:
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Simon Norton May 20
Really not sure Philippines can be shaded blue on this map anymore
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Simon Kuestenmacher May 20
shows Europe in 1000 AD. Really well made map. I love it. Source:
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The Cosmos May 20
Reflections of Venus and Moon Credit: Sanderphil Urban Observatory
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Simon Norton May 19
amazing weather in this weekend. Get up there!
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CheckMate May 19
The World's Most Beautiful and Unusual Sets See more
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Simon Kuestenmacher May 19
Animated of shows range of and total population over time. Source:
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Simon Kuestenmacher May 19
I love this ! It shows how far can you see from the top of . Source:
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Simon Norton May 19
The fragmented ticketing still applies after 14 years mate - it’s more convenient these days paying it all by Pasmo card, but you still get charged by all the separate companies when you use their lines
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Simon Norton May 19
...end result is you might pay 3 or 4 times as much in Tokyo than Seoul for the same distance, on same quality services. The setup in Tokyo benefits the companies, not the passengers
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Simon Norton May 19
hi Mary. I mean how your Pasmo gets charged by every company separately when you transfer e.g. Oyama to Sangenjaya takes 3 payments to Tobu, JR & Tokyu... over 500 yen. Compare to e.g. Seoul where diff companies run diff lines but you don’t notice as fares are just distance based
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Simon Kuestenmacher May 19
A few months ago it was the latest trend in cartography to compare stylized subway maps with their actual geography. This is a wonderful collection of these maps. The example shown here in . Great individual piece. More maps here:
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Simon Norton May 19
aye, it gets the job done. Just wish they’d integrate ticketing between both subway companies & all the private commuter lines
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Simon Norton May 19
After all the rain this week, we have amazing hiking weather here in right now. Here are the best mountain hikes in & around the city:
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Simon Norton May 18
haha, well it’s definitely the most complicated train map of any city! I lived there for years and still don’t know all the lines
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Simon Norton May 18
put another way - there is no countryside between Tokyo-to and Kawasaki, Yokohama, Omiya, Chiba, etc. It’s one continuous conurbation. Disregarding administrative boundaries, there is no larger continuous conurbation
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Simon Norton May 18
Well, yes the conurbation consists of a number of prefectures, one of which is 東京都 Tokyo-to (“Tokyo Metropolis”), which is what you probably mean when you say Tokyo City. But the visible city you experience extends far beyond the arbitrary borders of Tokyo-to
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Simon Norton May 18
I lived there for years. It definitely isn’t miraculous! And you’re right - the fact it consists of dozens of different companies without integrated ticketing is a major negative point
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