Of course Cairo is one of those insane cities with tons of traffic and no sidewalks and irregular road patterns. Still, I was all set to walk to playgroup this morning with the girls. I looked at a map ahead of time, planned out our route, and set out in semi-confidence.
Except we went the way they said, and it was the wrong way. Now I had to turn around and walk right back past them with no way to hide the fact that they had been wrong and I was suffering for it. AWKWARD. I have dubbed it the Walk of Shame.
Seriously, though, Cairo, what is your damage? I would be walking along looking for, say, Road 15. I'd pass Road 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, and then all of a sudden it was Road 72. What the?!? Stuff like that happened not just once, but several times over the course of our walk. Roads would end unexpectedly, the main road would go not straight through a traffic circle but bend off to the side - crazy, frustrating stuff. Add in the stroller and the 4.5-year-old and you can imagine the fun.
The best part is these super busy roads they have here that you need to cross, but the traffic never lulls. Which isn't a problem if you're a lone pedestrian - all those hours playing Frogger as a kid really come in handy. What makes it really fun is when a) the curbs are really high and b) you have a stroller with you. So not only do you need to find a gap in at least one lane of the fast-moving traffic big enough to physically get yourself across, you have to budget in the time to tip the wheels of the stroller down the curb. And then up the curb at the other side. And you have to make sure you tip the stroller right the first time, because there is no margin of error for a second chance. It's actually rather thrilling.