Hahahaha She Can’t Read A Map

So I know that in a couple of years, I will probably be working with another IP or a Development Agency in India, perhaps Addis or even Afghanistan. I intend to move around some in the course of my career, perhaps two years at a time in one place. There is a small problem with this plan. I can’t read a map. To make matters worse, I am really bad at finding directions. When I go out at night with my friends and am driving, you will probably hear phrases like.

“Haba Anne that’s not the way o”.
“Where are you going now”

To which I always answer;

“Sit there and wait for me to find it, you know I have no idea”
“I know where am going, this is just another road to avoid those stupid roadblocks”

It all depends on my mood. But it is a fact universally acknowledged that I generally do not know where am going (for the most part).

hahaha she can't read a map: Photo Source: www.clipartof.com
hahaha she can’t read a map: Photo Source: http://www.clipartof.com

I was cleaning up my car yesterday and found an old map under the seat. It was a map that was handed to me a couple of weeks ago during a charity walk. I remember asking someone;

“Which way back to the lake”?

The person just thrust the map of the walk route into my hands and walked off. I threw my head back in the middle of the road and laughed heartily. Someone caught up and asked me what was so funny.

“Hahahaha she can’t read a map”, I said.

This nice looking guy walked off rather quickly, he probably thought I was a crazy person, talking about myself in the third person and cracking up so much at myself.

Let’s face it, I am in trouble. How can I advance career wise and excel in the field if I cannot figure out what is what on a map? GPS devices do not count. I use them occasionally, and they speak. I do want to learn how to read regular non-speaking maps. I wonder if there is a software that can help me.


  1. Carrie Rubin

    Just think, if teleportation were possible (which would be my superpower of choice, as long as I didn’t end up at my destination naked), maps wouldn’t even be necessary!

    I’m on a break at my public health conference, and your post popped up in my inbox, so I wanted to stop by and say ‘hi.’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Anne Chia

      Hahaha for that sort of power,something has to give. You’d probably end up everywhere naked. Thanks for popping in Carrie, I hope the conference is going well.

    1. Anne Chia

      Thanks,the article is definitely a start. The book sounds interesting and maybe in the future. In the interim,more time reading pieces like this may just be what I need.

    1. Anne Chia

      I know. I know. I do not think stopping strangers and asking “how many traffic lights will I pass before I make the turn left” is a very good idea, seeing as half the time, those traffic lights have either been hit by drunken drivers, stolen, or do not exist ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. MissFourEyes

    I like using what I call the Local GPS. You roll down your window and ask the first person who looks like he belongs the directions to where you need to be. Simple, easy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Seyi sandra

    He he heeee! You’re not alone babe! I’m right there with you, I don’t use maps, I conjure up the right route in my head and try to get there! Or ask around. I ‘m bad with maps too!!!
    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. muddledmom

    I can’t read a map either. I always turn it upside down or something. GPS is so much better but even then I miss my turn sometimes. It should yell, TURN NOW! HERE! I am much better at finding my way by memory once I’ve been to a place. That I can do.

    1. Anne Chia

      I know! I don’t not think that the designer of those maps was very innovative ๐Ÿ™‚ It should yell TURN NOW! HERE indeed! It’s not enough to warn you in distance terms. I miss the turns all the time!

  5. anthonybozzolakathabozz

    Haha relax you aren’t alone in this one! I can’t read maps to save my life, I had a job interview a few weeks ago and had to download directions from the bus stop to the part of the estate that the building was on. I got the bus around 30 minutes early to avoid being late and low and behold I needed all 30 of them! I think its just one of those you can do it or you can’t do it type of things.

    Funny post though and I’m sure the guy didn’t think you were to crazy! Any chance you can check out my brand new post when you have a chance? Many thanks!

    1. Anne Chia

      Hey Anthony, haven’t seen you in blogosphere in a while. It’s good to know am not alone in my dilemma heheehe. Will check out your latest post now ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. anthonybozzolakathabozz

        Heya! Yeah I haven’t been around if truth be told things have been a little crazy, got made redundant from one of my jobs so been on a mad job hunt but just paying the due’s as they say ๐Ÿ™‚ . Your certainly not alone my sense of direction is on par with a three eyed toddler in a maze who’s lost his glasses how I survived in Cardiff without walking into the river I’ll never know.

  6. fictioningdevelopment

    Hi Annie, you are hilarious! I can’t read any map either. I only know their proximity to each other from the different shades or lines that separate them. Meanwhile I am planing a trip to Pakistan, if all works out, that is one place I need a map. Thanks for bringing this weakness up,

    1. Anne Chia

      I use the proximity map too haha. Pakistan! I’ve never been. You are like the John the Baptist to my trips to other developing areas ๐Ÿ™‚ Is this for work? I hope a GPS works for you over there o, you will need it

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