As the title suggests, this afternoon Alexander’s bike got stolen. It didn’t take long, he was only gone a few minutes and bam, it was gone.
So he rang me and we had 3 options:
– Alexander walks home
– I ride my bike in and we try and ride back together, with Connor (not the safest option)
– I drive in on my own (on the OTHER side of the road) and pick him up
hmmmm, well we went for option 3. So for the first time I drove into the city of Apeldoorn, about a 10 min drive (no freeways thankfully……not ready for them yet), and I’m proud to say I’m managed pretty well. Had to do 1 u-turn when I missed the turn off, and when I got close I got a bit lost, but luckily Alexander saw me sitting at the traffic lights and walked over to me and took over driving to park the car at that point.
I have to say, driving on my own and finding my way there has boosted my confidence a little bit. Somehow when I try to drive here I forget that I’m an experienced driver. Somehow that all seems to go to bits when your not only on the other side of the road, but the gear shift is on the other side, the indicator and window wipers are reversed. I’m not going to count the number of times the windows got cleaned while I was turning corners! 😆
Everynow and then when I’m concentrating on something else, I still end up grabbing for my door handle instead of the gear shift.