They say that Rome wasn’t built in a day, but I know that if someone wanted to memorize a list of all its major architecture, or all of its major streets, they could definitely do that well-inside of a day.
In fact, I’m not sure why the memorization championships don’t include memorizing city streets. This would make an especially interesting challenge because one would use a Memory Palace journey to memorize the name of a street that is in and of itself a journey. It would be like a roller-coaster inside of a roller-coaster.
And that’s really the mental exercise I propose for you to try out today.
Think of it as Magnetic Memory Stretching.
Here’s what to do:
1. Create a Memory Palace journey with ten stations.
2. Open a map of your favorite city or a city you would like to visit.
3. Find the city center or a major landmark.
4. Pick a major street.
5. Memorize the names of 10 of the streets that branch to the left (or right, or both) of that major street.
If you are using streets that use words from your target language, memorize the meaning of those words as well.
Why do this exercise?
It will increase your conceptual abilities and your talent with manipulating geographical space at two separate levels of cognition.
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Until next time, get on the road to Rome and teach someone else what you’ve learned about memorization. Teaching a skill is one of the best ways to learn it and helping people improve their memory is one of the best ways we can make the world a better place. The more we remember, the more we can remember. And the more we learn, the more we can learn.