The smell of home

A great post from Madeleine Hatfield about how sensorial memories can play a great role in what we call “home”.


Madeleine Hatfield

Reading about the salmon in my last post I learnt that apparently salmon are guided in their return migration by the smell of the stream where they were born, and that is how they know how to get home in order to spawn. The sign in Vancouver’s Stanley Park (written by the city’s aquarium) asks, ‘Is there a particular scent that reminds you of home?’ Smell can be an overlooked sense as many people will focus on what they can see, feel, hear and even taste more than they might think about what they can smell. I am fairly confident that I would not be able to navigate very far by following my nose but it is definitely an important part of feeling at home.

When I moved into a new home recently it took weeks for it to stop smelling and not because the previous occupants were especially…

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