Urban planning

is not a thing around here. Once you’re off the main avenues, the roads fork and wind haphazardly. It isn’t just side streets and alleys. In some places, you can’t go 50 yards without having to swerve. Another thing is that alleys join streets at acute angles. It makes for some buildings that look like ships’ prows. I asked my language instructor if there was a reason for that—for example, whether it’s bad luck to meet a major road at a right angle—but he said no, it’s just that no one bothered to put any rules in place.