I suppose this only happens to people who have moved away from the place they grew up in, but it happens to me a lot – imagining landscapes.
I grew up in Los Angeles, and if you aren’t familiar with the area, there are mountains in the distance that you can see on clear days. Now I live in central Texas, and it is flat here – no mountains at all.
But some days, there might be a layer of cloud-cover in the distance and for a few seconds, my brain registers them as the San Bernardino mountains, and a strange confusion washes over me. Combining two locations into one. It’s disorienting but fun.
I wonder how many people also experience something like this.