Ok, I am going to try to describe this as I felt it.
I left the B&B well into dusk. The skies had cleared enough for a good view of the heavens above. I was confused by this very bright star in the high north. The moon was rising in the east but upside down and twisted in a confusing direction. The towns lights were still too bright for me to see as clearly as I would like so I started walking on the main road out of the city. As a walked past the Navy base toward the fuel warfs I found an embankment that would shield me from the streetlights that were along the highway. I scrambled down this hill onto a beach facing south and the harbour. Here I hunkered down with my big binoculars and studied the pole stars. There was the southern cross as I had seen it in books for years. There I spotted the two Megellanic clouds, and inside the large one I could see the Crab Nebula… so bright and clear in the binocs. The first time I had seen that was in photos as an 11 year old. Fantastic.
Now since arriving here I have had a difficult time getting proper sense my position on the globe. On the ground the world looks much the same… sky above, ground below, sun and clouds etc. It is hard to sense being on the bottom of the earth. So had to lay on the ground and put the sky into an orientation that I understood. Suddenly it made some sense. Then I stood up and figured out that the although the moon was rising in the east as it should… it would swing low into the northern sky. for two nights I had visualized it going the other way out of habit. Plus the bright star that confused me the night before was Sirus the dog star. It is below and to the left of Orion when seen from home. Here it was above an to the right of an inverted Orion. I felt so excited because with a physical rush my body knew that I was being pulled gravitionaly to the center of the planet but looking “up” the horizon and the underside of the winter stars. Holy shit it was like an amusement ride. Orions sword was facing down like it always does but I was underneath it so thats why it was facing up.
Nerdy I know but deeply personal.