My boyfriend Daniel and I first started dating when we were both attending high school in Tokyo. We've lived in many separate places since (before settling into Chicago, where we live now), and our relationship has been through a lot of ups and downs.
I want to create a map (or possibly series of maps) that shows how distance/location/limited time together affected our relationship.
We don't live in the same apartment/house now, but our apartments are very close by and we are planning to (finally!) move in together in the summer. This project will eventually become my move-in gift to him.
WEEK 1: Hand-drawn Maps
A map I drew just to get myself started, showing a handful of my favorite lunch locations near my work. (This has nothing to do with Daniel, but I don't think it's a bad map, so I've included it.)
A map showing various public transit routes Daniel would have taken to visit me at my south side and north side apartments (I forgot to show a cab between O'Hare and Jeannie's Apt. Aug 2011-present!), and the quick bus route we are from each other now.
Routes we would have taken to visit one another when we were in college in Boston and NYC. (His family currently lives in the suburbs of Boston, and moved there while we were both in college, so I would see him in the summers and when he'd come home for holidays and weekends.) I like the look of this map a lot, with the variety of routes and methods of transit I've used--I hope I can come up with more maps like this one.
A handful of the many air routes we've traveled together/separately to see one another. (As I put so eloquently in my notes: "How separate different trips on same rte?" How do I show the directions of travel of each person, and how do I distinguish between, for instance, my Feb 2011 NYC trip and my May 2012 NYC trip? Or, do I bother? Do I want to emphasize the trips, or the routes?)
(Sorry about the mess! Please ignore the green ink if you can, that was my first draft.) Here's a rough map/floor plan of my apartment the night that Daniel and I had sex for the first time, with some notes as to the circumstances. (Which I realize is too much information for you, probably, but it's important to me, so here it is. Also, sidebar: "Wizard People" is great, if a really unusual choice if you're planning on having sex with someone afterwards [which we weren't; that's my excuse]. Please watch it)