Rural/urban, boundaries

Added on by sabine kussmaul.

We spent a week in the city of Glasgow and Edinburgh. You move between walls of all kinds. Walls of houses and buildings, and you can' t look inside, walls to manage living space, how we use it, and who uses it. In addition to that, there are rules to how we move in such spaces. You drive and sometimes also walk on the left, you don't use the other gender's toilets, certain places have prescribed directions for the flow of movements, e. g. 'Exit' and 'entrance' doors. What I find quite crucial to all of this, is the fact that even our views and gazes are managed: curtains, shutters, walls make sure that we don 't see or observe what is not appropriate. Rules and regulations are communicated through common knowledge and a huge amount of visual codes. What lies behind walls or why we follow certain regulations we often don't know. Could this be why I find it often more difficult to connect with rural places when I am moving through them? All this is much different from being in the rural outdoors. You may not be allowed physically to go many places, but your eyes and therefore your imagination can travel there, at least in parts or with less difficulty.  The nature of what are boundaries in both environments seem to be different.