Two days into my new memory challenge and I have realised that it is more than just learning endless facts. Using this loci method has allowed me to go into my past and re-live times that are otherwise slowly slipping away and becoming more and more ephemeral with the passage of time.
Pictures of past holidays are all very well but they don’t conjure up the same type of spatial, kinaesthetic, auditory, and olfactory senses that you get from actually walking around an environment and interacting with it.
For learning the european capitals and countries, I used the house we have rented in France for the past few years and trace a small route around the kitchen, living room, and lower bedroom. With the geological periods I quickly run round my family home, and with my most recent conquest, (all 54 African states in 20 mins) I have re-imagined a place from my childhood which had once been close to my heart.
This place was my grandparents old house in Hastings. However, with the passage of time, my memory has fragmented and rooms are interspaces with a cloudy grey haze. With some effort I managed to re-create the environment and quickly nipped around giving it a spring clean and refurnishing.
The wonderment of modern technology allowed me to search for the house today using Google maps and it brought back a flood of memories which made me well up slightly. This cul-de-sac suburban scene is identical to what I remember, and seems to have not changed, although the house seems to be half as small. Then again, I was also half as small so it would appear twice as big.
Now that I have these palaces, I can revisit them at any time, not only preventing them from slipping away, but also re-living some good times in my life, and at the same time learning a list of things that makes someone like Fiona or Laurence want to punch me.
(P.s. Now working on incorporating other techniques into the memory palace to exponentiate what I can learn. Numbers are a tricky but necessary step. I’ll let you know what these techniques are and how I get on.)