How well do you know your neighbourhood?
I’ve lived here for over 20 years and, until the first lockdown when I had to work out what the best routes for my daily perambulation, I hadn’t realised that I used the place as a base and pretty much everything I did happened at least 2 miles away and usually in another town.
I’m still WFH and last week I took a slightly different route home from the Co-op in order to listen to more of my audiobook*. I walked along a gently curving road and realised that not only did I not recognise any of the street names, I had no idea which way I was going. I was less than a mile from home!
When I was growing up (in a very similar type of area), I knew every street, close and alleyway because a. I helped my mum do a door to door collection, b. I went round collecting jumble for the scout jumble sale and c. Everything had to done on foot or on my bike.
Am I alone?
*I have a rule to only listen to books while I’m walking as it makes me take more exercise.