I can’t find my way around anymore. At least not consciously. With all the one way streets and detours its difficult to plot a mental path from A to B. I just sorta drive in the general direction and rely on muscle memory to get there. There are various jetstreams coursing through Colombo and – in lieu of understanding them – I just drive. The traffic flow has its benefits I guess, but creating a livable city is not one of them. The roads can shunt you through Colombo, but it’s pretty useless for living in. To reach a location on Galle Road you have to plot your path just right so you find the right one-way street down and then end up on the right side of the street. Otherwise you will be lost to the carrion crows.
It’s possible, it’s just that my mind shuts off after about the third mental detour. I can’t imagine my trajectory without overheating my brain and having to sit down for a while. It used to be you drove in a straight line by whatever available roads. Now it’s a mental quiz I choose not to attend. You can survive Colombo for weeks entirely on lower brain.
On another random thought. I was wondering if the cops could wash my car when they pull it over, since we’re taking the time. I’d pay Rs. 300 towards the security forces, and it’s convenient.