Everybody that knows me well (and now you, unknown reader) knows how easily I can get lost, without or even with a map. Over the years I did practice reading maps, understanding them and so on, but in the end I just completely lack any sense of spatial direction.
For the past few years though things have been a bit different. Why? Because with my phone I now have a portable GPS and mapping system. Even better, with Google Maps I can use street view to see how the surroundings should look like. While that may not sound like a lot, this greatly helps. Before going some place, I “virtually” drive through the itinerary to familiarize myself with the path and how the destination looks like, so that if I’m in a place that I haven’t seen before I can actually trust my instinct that I’m lost. In which case I take out from my pocket my iPhone and follow the way back on the map.
Now, I’ve heard that Google and other companies started mapping out shopping centers and airports, though as usual they don’t include much in Canada or Montréal. Hopefully it could come soon, so that even indoors I can’t get lost. Well, most of the time.