With the quick approach of my HOLIDAY to CAIRO I skipped out in search of some Holiday reading. Normally I pop into the tiny yet beautiful Reading Oxfam. The friendly staff and customers chat, the book choice is excellent, always something to inspire and entice.
One of my friends has recently moved to Cairo and made a specific request for a copy of the Lonely Planet guide to Egypt. Alas, the local Oxfam cold not deliver
A short walk to the Waterstones chain, a small Victorian style shop front. Inside the store is like the TARDIS it goes backwards and upwards, from house to house with glass roofs between. The store is architecturally beautifully designed and maintains unusual features such as the mezannine floor pictured below
Once I stopped looking at the architecture and started looking at book shelves I was lost with no idea of where the ‘Travel’ section might be. Looking at the labeling on the shelves only tells you what is here, not where something that is elsewhere might be. Unperturbed I wandered over to the foot of the stairs (both of them) expecting to find a list of the sections on each floor. Nothing.
The front door did not offer a guide to the store store layout with the sections identified. The cash and information desk by the door was being stormed by an outsized orderly queue of people. Glancing back into the huge store I felt a little overwhelmed and wandered in looking at shelf labels and the people nearby, which are the staff who might help me? Before full panic could set-in, eye contact with a lady….
Lady: Can I help you?
Wendy: Do you have a map of the store layout?
Lady: What section would you like?
Wendy: Is there a display showing where the sections are?
Lady: No, I’m working on that, what section would you like?
Lady: upstairs ahead through the arch, on the right hand wall arranged in alphabetical order by country
Wendy: Thank you, love the display thing you’re working on