|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on January 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM||delete edit comments (0)|
:)As I write this to you all, I am in a pretty good mood. As well as having some quality time with my son – my immediate relative, I feel that I have managed a decent time with the locals. If you have not ever spent much time as a foreigner – which I think is okay by the way, it may seem as though I am making a big deal of a small matter.
From this perspective it seems like a big deal. All it was, was an hour and a half at a local driving school in German. Each time I attend I feel a little more present; I get a little more aware of the other students – most of them are barely older than my own child, and the teachers. I do learn both about driving here in Germany and the German language as well as locals.
One major difference I’ve noticed, aside from cobblestone, is that there are a lot of German roads that have no shoulders. There is a lot of wind in North Germany, and so, that will matter a lot. Stay inside the lines or you run a serious risk of flipping your car. Whoa. Big difference. There are roads with shoulders here in Germany, so, that’s a road characteristic well worth paying attention to.
As far as quality of driver…I felt I was able to be a competent driver in the USA. I do not feel like I was …that lady race car driver…Know what I’m getting at? I can drive reasonably well; luckily I am not the nightmarish ‘bad woman driver’ but at the same time…I’m no driving ace. I have wanted to drive in Europe but at the same time I really noticed that I felt an intense upsurge of anxiety about it. I know why: I really did not know all the different rules. Lots of the rules are the same but even the thought of taking a wild guess on interpreting a road sign at 100mph is enough to make me feel like up-chucking. No one wants to find out they were dead wrong 3 minutes after having guessed at what a road sign means while driving in a foreign nation. That was what made me so nervous.
There is a lot of wind in North Germany. This is even more of a big deal in light cars or on roads that don’t even have shoulders. The Germans are a little strange in certain ways….In a village one does not go fast, but between towns they let people go at speeds which I only experienced as ILLEGAL over in the USA. So, you can see why ILLEGALLY fast by American standards in windy weather on a road with no shoulders is something that may require a little special preparation to be able to do. Wow.