In my years of dreaming I have become very famillar and aware of my dreamscape. I have dreamed my entire twenty four years on this earth and I have begun to theorise that my dreamscape is infact a mirrored image of the places I have been and the city in which I live.
In my dreams I recognise the places and the people that are there, the places are always very familiar. Be they representations of places I am already familliar with in my waking life. For example. I live in the city of Adelaide Australia. Adelaide is a very small city and I have lived there my whole life. Places in my city that I have visited most often tend to appear in my dreams but with a whole different atmosphere as though they were a mirror image of what I have seen in my waking life, they are similar and yet different.
I have come to understand my dreamscape and recognise the places in which I am when I am dreaming. However I still find it quite difficult to become lucid despite my familliarity with the dreamscape. It is as though when I am dreaming I feel as if (as all of you probably do) everything is normal. But when I awaken I am able to asses and remember in detail and color where I was in the dream and who I was with, I am able to compare my dream version of where I was with the real world version.
I am also able to tell when I am about to have a nightmare as my dreamscape takes on a more ominous atmosphere and the nightmares usually only occur in the dream version of my house and most frequently in the older front half of the house or the front yard. Thankfully I dont have nightmares very often and when I do feel a nightmare coming on I am able the recognise the atmosphere and wake myself up immediately.
Lately I have begun to visit newer places in my dreams and dream versions of the places I have been in videogames or have imagined in the books I have read. Sometimes these places some how alagamate themselves into the older more familliar places in my dreamscape creating newer and more interesting hybridisations of said dreamscape.