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All I need is a Map

All I need is a Map

It was July 1978, I was 18, and this was my only thought. Just a rucksack, a tent, and a map of Italy. 1.200 Km, from Treviso to the Eolie islands, to explore the beauty of the south of Italy.
Then a lot of other trip, mostly to visit all the beautiful Italy, until 1990, when I started to work in the company where I am now. We produce plant for "####" process, and we sell it all around the world.
I started there as instrumentation specialist, responsable of the plant's setup everywhere in the world.

Wow, I was paid to travel, somebody was giving me money to do what most i like to do. And again, everytime a was in a new place, my first thought was: "I need a Map".

So, 16 years laters, this was the result.


I can remember every place where I was, and my house is now a kind of museum of "souvenirs" from the whole planet.

What I like more is this photo of a "barber shop". I took the photo on 1994 in Changde. Probably my attitude to be a Local Guide starts from that day


My first interaction with Google Maps was on june 2016, when I've bought a new smartphone, and from that moment never stops.

I was enchanted by the fantastic possibility of the sharing. The idea that every single contribution can help to make a better world for everyone still be for me a spring, that push me all the time. The power of sharing is so big that  we cannot even imagine it.

August 24, 2016, was the day that changed my idea of Google Maps. From that day I started to see how many possibility of improvements there are in Maps, how many different ways to explore, to evolve, all beautiful, all useful.

From there is started my idea of "re-building". The following step was the Local Guides Volunteer Day 2016, in which I met some of the best Local Guides we have in here.

From that moment, being in Connect was for me like to be at home, with my family and a lot of friend.

I have no word to tell you my emotion when i've received the invitation to be a moderator. At the first beginning I was really scared of this role, but @TraciC helps me a lot, with a few simple word: "thanks to be you".


So, thanks Traci (and everyone of you), and ... here I am.

Treviso, TV, Italia
AslamMohammed Level 8
Level 8

Re: All I need is a Map

Wow @ermest, wonderful journey so far!


Please continue doing what you for, we all LG's on connect love you for that!



MahmudPolash Level 9
Level 9

Re: All I need is a Map

hi @ermest best wishes to you and think you the continuously contributors will  make Maps, Local Guides and Connect better for everyone. Your helpful comments, guidance and direction to us is always helpful

LucasKellermann Level 8
Level 8

Re: All I need is a Map

Hi @ermest


It is stories like yours that makes me so glad of being part of Connect. 

As you said, not just a Forum, but also a family. 


Congrats for your promotion!

Best regards!


SwanL Level 5
Level 5

Re: All I need is a Map

Hi @ermest. Thank you for sharing your story. I too started using digital maps not too long ago. My first smart phone with a data plan was in 2014 and since then Google Maps has been by far the most utilized application. At the time, I was in my second year as a pharmacy student at the University of Michigan. I am a California girl, born and raised, so moving away across the country has been quite an adventure. As a student intern and while on rotations, I've moved to and explored different cities, including: Chicago, Seattle, and Cincinnati. Maps has been instrumental in helping me acclimate to these new places. I love being able to share my experiences through truthful reviews and memories through colorful photos. As maps has helped me through the years, I hope to continue to give back to the community like you.

Connect Moderator
Connect Moderator

Re: All I need is a Map

Thanks @AslamMohammed, I want to do It in the best way, and your support to our community is very important for us

AslamMohammed Level 8
Level 8

Re: All I need is a Map

For sure @ermest. Can you believe this!Screenshot_2017-04-21-10-54-30.png





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Google Administrator

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@ermest I love this story, thank you for sharing your experience. I can not believe you have had a smartphone since 2016 as I would have expected far longer, especially after reading how much you've traveled over the years. We love having you as a Connect Moderator and a Local Guide. Thank you for being you. :-D 

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Elementsofwire Level 7
Level 7

Re: All I need is a Map

Great story, I'm just curious, did you get a haircut in that barber shop in Changde as well? :)

LucioV Level 10
Level 10

Re: All I need is a Map

First time on maps in june 2016! You are so young Ermes! :)

See you in 10 days, boy! :)

Thanks for sharing your huge maps collection, and nice photo too!

I'm proud to, in some way, have contributed in your engagement with Local Guides! :)