A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Tony Oz
Date: 2021 Feb 3, 06:02 -0800
The Waylosing topic is interesting (for me) because I have experienced that myself.
Last year in Taiwan when the train from the airport has arrived to the city center - I had to use the maps hanging on the walls of the station to find the way-out nearest to the accommodation. The GNSS was not available in the building.
I knew the accommodation was to the South from the Central Station, so I choose the exit and the street leading "down along the map".
It took a couple of blocks for me to realise - the direction was wrong. By that time the GNSS receiver kicked in telling me we are going North. Also I was alerted by the Moon - almost at Zenith but the terminator pointing in the "wrong" way (2020-01-03UT17).
At last the accommodation was found. :)
The reason for that map-blunder transpired very simple - in Taiwan they hang maps not the "North-upward" but in the "as you face the scenery" way, i.e. if you look eastward - the North on the map will be on the left. Yes, ofcourse, the (^N) marking was always there - in the corner of a map, pointed properly - but one should be aware that he is in the very different geodetical tradition.