Not getting lost

Subject: Not getting lost
From: Laurie & Leanne Knight <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 18:08:38 +1000
Another form of "location lag" affects people who are used to living
close to one side of a continent [eg east] and then travel to place on a
different side [eg west].  They find they keep confusing east and west,
particularly if they orient their thinking as to how they are travelling
in relation to the coast {eg east coast people are used to having the
coast to their right when travelling north, and to be heading west when
travelling away from the coast.


Reg Clark wrote:
> This was brought home to me once in Switzerland. Following a late-evening
> arrival at Basel and a night drive (bus) across the country to Interlaken ,
> I awoke the next morning, bleary- eyed, to find that I was looking from my
> hotel window over a valley up to a craggy range of snow-covered mountains
> (The Monk, The Eiger and the Jungfrau) sparkling in the morning light from
> the sun which had risen somewhere to  my right. I can only think that it was
> the sheer spectacle which upset my already well established relationship
> with the northern hemisphere summer sun,but during my entire stay of about
> two weeks in Switzerland I could not accept the fact that beyond this range
> lay Italy and it always seemed to me that the two railway stations ,
> Interlaken East and Interlaken West ,were on the wrong sides of town. It
> gave a strange "other world" feeling to my stay.I have not experienced
> anything like it before or since and apart from
> this one instance  I have always been able to rely upon the sun for general
> orientation with a compass for specific direction.Because of this episode I
> can sympathise with the feelings of those folk who tell me that they do not
> have a directional sense. It must make life very difficult.I am looking
> forward to the day when we may get a Family Radio Service here it seems to
> be very popular in the US and Canada'

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