I headed out this afternoon to do some shopping - needed to go to the market to pick up some veggies for tomorrow's American Thanksgiving feast and to see if the jewellery store was open (I'm supposed to bring hors d'ouevres to the dinner - more on the dinner later and also more on the store - which is never ever open).
Just after I left the house, I stopped to chat to a couple who were 'house' hunting in the neighbourhood. One thing led to another and the subject of hairdressers came up. We found a great stylist last year and plan to go back to him, and of course, I wanted to share our discovery. However, I know his name, I know where his shop is, but do I know the name of the street? Of course not!!!!!!!
It used to drive me crazy when someone would say, "Oh yeah, the vet ... hmmmm.... well you go down the Malecon, yeah about 4 or 5 blocks, turn right at the OXXO store, or maybe you make the right before the OXXO, then you drive for 2 or 3 blocks and then make a right (what, oh yet you're right honey, it's a left) and then you make a u-turn and he's 5 or 6 doors down on the left, I think it's the left, but it might be the right, it used to be a white building. What colour is the building now? Umm, I think its green, or blue .... his name .... well, gosh, I can't remember, but he was just the best darned vet we ever found, did a great job, saved our dog/cat from near death, you'll love him!!!! Sigh .....
It really wasn't that bad but sometimes it felt like it and now I'm afraid I'm starting to do the same. It's just so darned hard, the street names are all unfamiliar, the streets twist and turn, we wander back and forth and never seem to take the same route twice. I find that I can now manage to find my way around and my sense of direction has finally kicked in. I feel quite comfortable wandering around on my own although I confess that once in awhile I have to stand on a street corner until the 'spidy - sense' kicks in. So far it seems to be working and I haven't felt really lost once since we arrived back. Confused several times, but not lost. However, I rarely seem to remember what street things are on. I can walk there no problem, but as for knowing whether the shop I'm looking for is on Belisario Domingues or Melchor Ocampo, not a chance!
So, as soon as I heard myself babbling directions to Tony's I shut up and promised to send them an email, once I got home and looked at my map. We used to carry the map with us at all times so that we could find our own way, and had all our favourite spots highlighted. Think it's time to resurrect it again. Not for us, but for the poor souls who happen to stop us to ask for directions.
By the way, we went to an absolutely fabulous restaurant last night. It was just around the corner from our house ... and that's the funny part because someone said that to me recently and I had no idea where on earth they lived! So once you find the house, I'll give you the rest of the directions.