Even in the middle of Norway, there are geographers of the urban kind. Last spring a group of Trondheim EGEAns tried out a new way of discovering their city, through the alternative urban geography subfield of cartozoology, a science in itself.
(Soundtrack: Camel, Nimrodel)
Cartozoology n. The science or practice of discovering and studying animals outlined paradigmatically by street layouts as they appear on maps, especially with reference to physical evidence of the animals’ presence in the corresponding terrain.1
A peculiar city, Trondheim. My worn-out city map lay unfolded on the kitchen table. I was sipping to a long desired cup of instant coffee. Simple in its bitterness, but even more gunpowder. As it’s supposed to be on a grumpy afternoon. Gruff! All of a sudden, I took heed of a fresh smell. Something raw, untamed. Wet dog? My sweaty mustache? More distinct, oriental. Desert creature of some kind. Camel? Here north? Coastal habitat. The need for humps, less conspicuous then? The ship of the desert. With bloodshot eyes. And a craving for, coffee?! Elementary! There certainly stood a genuine Camelus dromedarius snorting in my living room. Caffeine-addicted, as such. I shook – of too much coffee. The dromedary was disappeared, like sunk in the sand.