The other day, facing a blocked route onto the main road to school, he looked both ways (you can never break the rules if there are policemen about, but if there are none, then you can go for it), put his foot down, and raced the wrong way up a slip road to get onto Al Farabi Avenue, saving us about 20 minutes of traffic jam in the process. I am not a big fan of going the wrong way down a road, but I can also appreciate that there are times when a bit of lateral thinking can pay huge dividends.
Roads here are pretty good compared to lots of other developing world places, but there are a couple of things to look out for:
- Half-metre deep storm trenches along the edge of new roads with no protective covers at all. If your car goes in one, it will take a crane to remove it
- Large holes in roads, which may have been dug to fix a drain or to install a new cable system, will not be marked with a warning sign, but will probably have the branch of a nearby tree sticking up as the only hint of impending hazard.
Here is a picture of our road last winter (shortly before my two companions both fell over on the ice):
This is our road last week, we weren't sure if they were laying pipes to the building site, or sorting out our surfacing:
This is the top of our road last week as we set off on a walk:
And this is the lovely new road that we found when we came back from our walk!