Today was a day of firsts.
Not only did I drive the best part of 600km across Germany, I also ate at a restaurant by myself :).
In addition, there were a whole heap of smaller and/or tiny firsts, including mending/editing the directory of the work’s computer to get it to recognise the user profile, diluting antifreeze for my windscreen wiper water, buying my first own iced coffees in a supermarket (I’ve only ever drunk/stolen DBs’ up to now), poking the button on a car park machine to provide me with a ticket and make the barrier go up (had to back up and try again to be anywhere near close enough to reach it! ;)), unwrapping and eating toffees while driving, changing the radio station while driving, driving on a motorway in the rain, overtaking 3 lorries at once (admittedly not in the rain), driving at 160-170kph (for more than a few seconds), driving through an 8km tunnel, navigating the million traffic cones in a roadworks-labyrinth in the dark, driving in a pedestrian precinct (by mistake), not finishing a meal in a restaurant..
I am now incredibly proud of myself, and even more incredibly sleepy.
Good night all.
6 thoughts on “On firsts”
Thinking of entering a marathon soon? Congratulations!
A marathon?! I don’t think so! Can’t run to save my life!
Wow, so many firsts 🙂 I find it strange to think that their are many people in the world that don’t regularly drive, I guess that is explained by the fact I live in a country area.
I think you’re right – living somewhere rural makes driving more of a must :). I think I would have learned earlier if I’d needed to.. Thing is, since being both old enough and rich enough for lessons I’ve lived in cities with pretty amazing public transport (despite complaining about it regularly). I don’t really need to drive now, but I met an awesome driving instructor and decided it was as good a time to learn as any.. 🙂
Impressive. I love the feeling you get when you’ve managed something new and by yourself for the first time. I still freak out before driving on my own in Europe, even if I’m so used to it in England.
Yup! Good feeling! 🙂
You’ve driven over here a lot tho, right? I imagine Italy is a very scary place to start and rural France must be easier – is it?
Next year, when I’ve had my license long enough to be considered worthy of hire cars, I’m going to try driving in England… that’s probably going to be an ‘interesting’ (read scary as) experience – mostly because it’s kind of expected that I’ll be able to do it..