Sometimes it helps to look at things upside down, and when it comes to maps, there is of course no such thing as upside down, as enterprising kiwis have realized who sell maps of the world with New Zealand centre-stage up at the top. ‘Great’ Britain then becomes a little island down at the bottom.
There’s nothing like perspective for gaining perspective!
And so, when we were up on the far-flung islands of Orkney last week, our wonderful guides Helen & Mark Woodsford-Dean, who run Spiritual Orkney.co.uk, pointed out that in earlier days these islands were at the centre of a flourishing world – surrounded by the now-named Scandinavia, Iceland, Scotland, the Faroes and further afield Greenland. Turning the map the right way up helped us appreciate this. More on what we found there next week!