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Same But Different: A Change in Perspective

Did you ever feel like you never saw a place although you have been there many times?

I live in a neighborhood with many one-way roads – including the one I live in – which forces me to drive a short detour through a parallel street whenever I arrive from a certain direction. I have been driving through that street for years, and also walk through it from time to time. I know this street so well, I could paint it with my eyes closed.

At least I thought so. Today, I was walking through that exact street and felt like I was in totally strange surrounding. I was passing the street in the opposite direction – which I had never done before, I realized. It felt like I did not know a single house or front garden, and the end of the street offered the view on a house that seemed only vaguely familiar. I have been standing in front of that house quite often, but never seen it from a distance.

It’s weird how things look totally different if you regard them from another perspective. It is like watching your living room in a mirror and see what it would look like if it was inverted. And it is like returning home from a long journey and find that everything still is the same, but other than you remembered it to be.

Photo by Friedrich Walzer.

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Anna loves travel, photography, and writing. All at once, everyday. She collects entrance cards, plane tickets, and old atlases and has been searching for the perfect globe for some years. Follow Anna on Facebook or Twitter!

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