“Where is Clarence Street?” I was panicking, realizing that Clarence Street had disappeared.
A bit of Context
After catching up with my ex-colleagues, Vishal and Ramesh for drinks at 3 Wise Monkeys on George Street, I was supposed to meet my friends Saira and Sunil for another round of drinks at Grandmas on Clarence Street. Knowing me well, Ramesh had Whatsapped me the direction. Distance between 3 Wise Monkeys and Grandmas is 700 metres (9 minutes walk).
I work at Kent Street and I pass Clarence Street every single day. Three things I remembered – One, George Street is parallel to Clarence Street, Second, Clarence Street is parallel to Kent Street. And third, Clarence Street is in between George Street and Kent Street – “Ah, Easy” I thought.
After two glasses of wine and a glass of Mojito
Vishal and Ramesh had dropped me at the intersection of Bathurst Street and George Street. Bathurst Street is a perpendicular street that connects George Street and Kent Street. I remember Ramesh giving me directions to Grandmas. “Go down the Bathurst Street and yada yada yada”, I had heard.
I went down the Bathurst Street in search for Clarence Street. Everything was working perfectly fine. Yeah, right! I reached the intersection of Kent Street and Bathurst Street. I stared at the board flashing Kent Street.
Thinking I had missed the Clarence Street :/, I walked up the road on Bathurst Street again. I was at the intersection of George Street and Bathurst Street.
I repeated, walking up and down the Bathurst road for one more time, before I panicked. Clarence Street had disappeared, Oh my God!! Was I losing my mind 😱 or what was happening? How can a Street disappear?
After panicking for some time, I stood in front of a café to clear my mind and restated to myself “Focus, Raksha! Focus, what did Ramesh say?”.
On listening to my confusion, my intelligent inner conscious fairy woke up (Why does she always have to be sleeping, I wondered :/ Like, Seriously!) and suggested that I look for directions on the Maps application.
After 20 minutes, two times (okay, probably three times) walk on the same road, and the panick attacks of losing an entire Street, I had reached the end of Clarence Street, where I had finally met my friend Sunil 🙂 .
P.S. The photos posted here were taken at a later date.