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Old 04-27-2013, 08:18 AM
 
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I think most people have heard about or experienced revisiting a place from childhood, only to discover that the distance between places was "inexplicably" shorter, or something else about it seemed smaller than remembered.

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Does the same thing occur in regards to direction?

I have had a couple of recent discoveries of childhood places I had visited and used to wonder about. But in both cases, certain places that I went to in both towns seemed to be the exact opposite direction that I had remembered them being. This was a surprise because I have always had a pretty good sense of direction.

Does anyone know anything about this phenomenon? Thanks.
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:36 AM
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I think most people have heard about or experienced revisiting a place from childhood, only to discover that the distance between places was "inexplicably" shorter, or something else about it seemed smaller than remembered.

BUT...

Does the same thing occur in regards to direction?

I have had a couple of recent discoveries of childhood places I had visited and used to wonder about. But in both cases, certain places that I went to in both towns seemed to be the exact opposite direction that I had remembered them being. This was a surprise because I have always had a pretty good sense of direction.

Does anyone know anything about this phenomenon? Thanks.
I think that has happened to me as an adult, but I can't think of a similar situation of thinking I knew which direction something was in as a child. Might be because childhood was a long time ago for me, though.

The first part of your post is familiar, though. I remember roller skating and biking down this huge hill near my childhood home. It was a thrill to skate down the hill at top speed.

Drove down that road not long ago and couldn't get over how small the incline was.
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