Locals view their places very different from how visitors view the same landscapes – Often we forget these differences

Difference in distance often means difference in understanding

Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt – FritsAhlefeldt.com

Looking out of the window details matters a lot more than when sitting with a map trying to figure out what country or direction to head in. One example is that where the locals in Denmark work with a huge amount of local names for fjords, bays and the sea that surrounds most of the country

Just south of Denmark the understanding tends to be less detailed the further the distance, because the more we can reduce the amount of confusing details of information, the easier it is to grasp the overall landscape first – Some in the zoomed out perspective, only see a land between two seas – The North Sea and The East Sea.

Denmark seen from afar Nordsee and ostsee. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

About Frits Ahlefeldt

Founder of Hiking.org - Researching, writing & sketching up thoughts, understandings and ideas for a sustainable future, connecting thrive, trails, places and technology


Place making, Storytelling


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