hours and hours on google maps

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I spent two hours dropping the little man with no face

Into various places around the world, places I’d been

With parents when I was small, and those I’d been to

On my own. Where I’d done bad things, kissed the boys

And made them cry. Where I got drunk and vomited

Into a flower pot. Where I disappeared into a dark alley

Holding the hand of an older boy. You can’t see

Down those alleys on Google Maps, but you can imagine

What has happened in their inky depths,

As drunken girls and boys come staggering forth

Laughing and looking forward to moving on,

Something that I never managed. Somehow I’m still stuck

There in Florida Road, aged twenty, wishing I was old.

Does anyone else sometimes go travelling the world on Google Maps? The other day I spent about an hour wandering up and down Florida Road in Durban, South Africa. I don’t know why I had the sudden urge to go back there, but I did. And I don’t even know if it made me feel all that good.

It certainly made me feel something. There was a pang, deep inside. I felt like I missed that place, but also felt a little like I had just been dropped back into my worst nightmare.

I was last there when I was twenty which is almost half a life time ago. I met my husband there and I spent several minutes just staring at that spot where we had our first conversation.

Perhaps, I am just searching for that nostalgic feeling, or to understand how my life got to where it is. I sometimes feel like that spot is where lightning struck; it is where my life changed. And sometimes I think it was for the best, and sometimes for the worst.

I guess we will only ever find out the answers once we’re at the end of our journey. In the meantime, I can keep pondering it as I travel the world from the comfort of my sofa. Or maybe I’ll buy a ticket somewhere and go start a new adventure?

Much Love

Rachel xx

7 thoughts on “hours and hours on google maps

  1. Margot Kinberg

    Now that you can virtually travel to any place you’d like, it’s very tempting to go to places you once lived, or partied, or learned, or… It can be a can of worms, as you bring up memories best forgotten, but it can also be a warm comfort, as you visit places where you had wonderful times, or contented times. That’s the thing about technology; it’s a two-edged sword.

  2. Greg Dennison

    I do. But it’s not usually connected to my past. I’ve always been fascinated with maps, highways, road signs, stuff like that (as I’ve written about before), and often when I waste time on street view, it’s related to those things. I just did that last night, in fact.

  3. crispina kemp

    I don’t travel the world with Google Maps but when I’m planning a new hiking route I’ll research as much as possible on Google Maps. I particularly want to see if footpaths are signed. And if not, what’s the terrain like around where they leave the road. My daughter thinks me crazy

    1. patientandkindlove

      Yes, I’m the same. If I go running in a place that I’ve never been it’s always useful to check whether they have footpaths. I got caught out once and had to run for about 20 miles along the A9. It was a bit dicey!

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