# Why do centers seem flipped from guide despite centers not moving in relation to each other?

I've been struggling with the first step of the beginner Rubik's cube solving algorithm with one simple problem. I am able to get the top face as all white, with blue and orange center pieces adjacent to each other. However, in the guide, in order from top, left side, and right side, the colors are white, orange, blue.

However, in my cube, I have, in same order, white, blue, orange.

As someone even slightly more experienced than me can confirm, this is still a valid cube and I haven't somehow swapped its edges. I have tried to "swap" these centers in relation to each other for a while, and this doesn't seem to be possible. Even most sources say that centers cannot change in relation to each other:

There are algorithms for "swapping centers", but these involve "swapping" the top as well and cannot simply interchange the order of these. However, even in the very guide I'm following, one of the very steps involves a cube that has its center "swapped", as follows:

(as, if the cube were flipped, the order here would be white, blue, orange). Is there something really obvious I'm missing?

• Obviously your cube was imported from the land through the looking-glass. Jan 25 at 20:47
• hah, agreed! lmao Jan 26 at 1:37