Monday, October 27, 2008
Do not disturb
I'm trying to get used to the idea that only some very delimited parts of the city are safe, and that you should drive or be driven from one to the other. This evening I wanted to cross the pedestrian bridge from my hotel to the mall (full of restaurants) on the other side - but staff at reception said not to do it - "because there are no lights" and immediately called a driver - for a free shuttle service. So we drove a couple of kilometres to get to a point a hundred metres away. I then agreed with Mr. Massani, the driver, to pick me up ninety minutes later. Once in the mall everything was very calm and laid back. There were buskers in the car park singing and playing those instruments with metal prongs that you pluck - a wonderful African sound, very much at odds with the American style fake environment all around them.
I don't have a photo of the mall yet (partly because all malls are pretty much the same everywhere and partly because I've been told not to carry a camera around when I'm on my own, or in the evening) - so here's one of the very wonderful dolls used by the hotel as "do not disturb" and "clean my room" etc. signs.
Posted by Marsian at 12:45 PM