The Sidewalks of El Centro
|Jagged pipe sticking out of sidewalk right in the path of a doorway!|
I've learned to wear the proper shoes for long walks. I've learned to be more cautious about paying attention when I'm sight-seeing along the way. A friend gave me some good advice. She says she stops when she wants to look at something (that's because she learned this after breaking her foot her first week here - ouch!) Bo and I are continually amazed and have to laugh when we see yet another crazy object to add to the many we've become used to and cautious of.
I had to take an afternoon and go out and photograph what I'm talking about here. In all my researching to learn about Cuenca before Bo and I came here, I never read anything nor saw any photos of the condition of the historic streets and sidewalks. Therefore, I've focused on taking closeups so someone never having been here can be forewarned. When you first walk these streets, keep your eyes ahead and continually looking down before you take each step. Do not look up without stopping! Pay attention!! They don't do lawsuits here - so you won't be collecting from the city if you take a nose dive and injure yourself.
I love that there are no city ordinances for every little thing, no permits, warning signs, rules and regulations that make one feel like they have little freedom or that give them an open option to sue. Even though there are death traps along the streets of El Centro, there is a freedom in our steps knowing that we are responsible, and that's a good thing!
|I'll be walking along an even-tiled walkway and all of a sudden!|
|This little girl is looking down and paying attention!|
|Double Whammy - A pipe and a whatever that is!|
|Athletic shoes, business shoes, and more tacones altos rushing through the surprise streets of Cuenca.|
|These two rows of concrete posts are to keep the traffic in line - I think! I saw a gentleman actually trip over one of these. He did, however, catch himself.|
|Sidewalks will suddenly narrow (PHOTOS above and below), and some will have to pass by via the street. Just hope a bus, taxi or car doesn't come too close to the curb!|
|I hope this pedestrian isn't looking up!|
|The balls (whatever they're supposed to be for) are no longer in these three places, BUT, the protruding spikes are. Did they leave them there for decoration? I think NOT!|
|(PHOTO above and below) Holes like this are everywhere on the street of El Centro. If you're not wearing athletic shoes or flat-sole shoes, CUIDADO!|
|This walker has enough sidewalk area to go around. There used to be a tree growing here, surrounded by fencing, but it must have died and they forgot to fill in the hole and level it out - again I think!|