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Street layouts are certainly one thing that makes Europe distinct from America.  Chicago is ALL grid system.  People who get lost here are just being stubbornly difficult.  :)  Which is not to say you can't get lost elsewhere in America, or we don't have a lot of situations in which the exit on a map does not exist in real life.  

I myself - I have few talents so I don't mind bragging about those I have - have an internal compass that almost never fails me.  I almost envy people who can get truly lost by their own doing and stay that way for any period of time.  Also, I hate these GPS systems.  My routine is to study a map until it is lodged in my memory before I get somewhere, and then never try to look at the map again, let alone some horrible GPS.  They were driving around Chicago with that contraption, even though I was in the car with them!  Madness.

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by poemless on Fri Oct 17th, 2008 at 11:22:36 AM EST
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Which is not to say you can't get lost elsewhere in America,

heh, it's the freeways that used to confuse me in the states, they only let you see the nearby destinations, and the geographical direction ie Highway 501 N, but never the long haul directions or big cities/landmarks that i find helpful in other countries.

poemless:

I have few talents so I don't mind bragging about those I have - have an internal compass that almost never fails me.  I almost envy people who can get truly lost by their own doing and stay that way for any period of time.

i'm the total opposite, get lost as if by destiny in all possible situations, the good news, many of the most beautiful spots i've found ware fruit of getting lost, so now i try and relax and enjoy it, and if it's for work, i leave extra early so i arrive unstressed.

i envy some people whose sense of orientation is uncanny. i was moved around a lot as a kid, and have noticed a correlation between strong orientation skills and being raised in one place, where confidence in one's navigation skills starts early and is strengthened by repetition, building confidence, which then helps to sharpen the instinct even further.

still gathering data on that... anyone else want to share if they were raised in one place and have good sense of direction, or vice-versa?


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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Oct 17th, 2008 at 01:56:49 PM EST
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