Well, today marks the fourth day of me behind the wheel of a british car. The wheel is, of course, on the wrong side of the car and the driving lanes have me driving on the left side of the street instead of the right. Already millions of non-british folks have achieved this seemingly insurmountable task, but let me tell you, I was proud to have survived intact! And today I haven’t even driven into any curbs! Fortunately the British rental car companies include insurance in the daily rental price. Haven’t killed anyone yet, but the night is young, and tonight it is raining! There are many cyclists in Cambridge, and the roads are more narrow than the cars (maybe why there are so few SUVs?) and the bicycle lanes that the city planners put in don’t actually give the cyclists their own lane but rather just take a bigger swathe out of the driving lanes. The great thing is, I am staying in a house called ‘The Cottage’ on ‘Old House Road’ (yes, that is the entire address) and I drive through gorgeous countryside on my entire ten minute commute to work. It is truly the best of everything – high technology company in countryside, with a city two minutes further down the road.
I miss my US friends terribly, but I don’t miss the 405, the 101, the 110 or even the 10! LA folks know what I mean. Dontcha?