Thursday, May 07, 2009

Where The Sidewalk Ends

This photo is pretty representative of Quito's sidewalks.
A mishmash of materials, never even and generally a
hazard to one's health. And this is in the nice part of
town! I feel sometimes like I'm back on the Ice, because
you have to look down constantly while walking because
even though the current stretch you're walking on may
be level, it may drop off unexpectedly for no apparent
reason. Kind of like avoiding rocks that are ankle-turners
at McMurdo. To top it off, woe to be a person in a wheel
chair. I recently saw a "curb cut" at a 45 degree angle
that was 3 feet long. Try wheeling up that one...or even
down! Yikes!

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