How would you find your way around a city if your GPS or the maps application on your smartphone suddenly stopped working? Many modern people, reliant on digital geographic devices, would be completely lost. There are, however, tricks that can help the directionally perplexed—ones that don't require any gadget. The BBC dispenses some advice on how to get your bearings ... the old-fashioned way:
- Religious buildings: Christian churches are typically lined up east-west, with the main altar facing east. A mosque contains a niche in one of its walls that points toward Mecca, and a synagogue usually positions the Torah Ark at its eastern side.
- Other people: Observe the crowds. In the late afternoon, pedestrians will tend to walk toward a bus stop or train station. In the morning, they'll walk in the opposite direction.
- Clouds: To keep your sense of direction, first orient yourself, then note the direction clouds are heading. Then, if you get mixed up, you won't lose your positioning as you can again observe which way the clouds are moving.
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