I know the numbers are hard to read, but let’s try and follow along anyway, shall we?
Mode of Transport
Green Line = Bus
Red Line = Foot
1. Spot where the bus dropped me off in the vaguely-named block, SHIS QI 15, for a doctor’s appointment (Brasília’s full of vaguely-named blocks. “SHIS” means South Sector of Individual Habitations in Portuguese. Don’t know what the “QI” stands for). Time, 5:30pm. Appointment, 6:15pm.
2. Point where I realized that I was entering SHIS QI 13, and not headed towards Bloco “O” in QI 15, the location of the doctor’s office. Decided to head towards the lone commercial strip in the block and ask for directions.
3. Point within the commercial strip where I encountered at least four people who either couldn’t give me directions to where I was going, or gave me convoluted directions in a language I didn’t understand. In addition, there was no ATM in this commercial strip and I had no cash; therefore, a cab was out of the question. My appointment was in 15 minutes. I found a lady who spoke rudimentary English who told me I could walk to the office in about 20 and pointed me in the right direction.
4. Point where got pissed at seeing the bus stop where I’d disembarked a mere 35 minutes before.
5. Point where I stopped and wondered if turning right would mean a short cut. I continued straight, of course.
6. I got to the gotdamn medical park and spent another 15 minutes running from building to building asking people in white coats where my doctor was located, only to have them tell me with pained faces, “You know what, honestly, I don’t really know. Ask the doorman.” Y’all don’t know shit in Brazil, do ya? Time of arrival at doctor’s office, 6:20pm. Appointment, 6:15pm. I wish somebody would have told me I had to reschedule.