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Driving on the Wrong Side

I’ve rented a car to drive around Tasmania. It’s such a challenge to drive on the opposite side of the road. Thankfully, people drive slowly here… it gives me some time to think. Every movement is a thoughtful process and going around the roundabouts is always a gamble. Still, I’m glad that I decided to rent the car. There really isn’t a choice like there is in the big cities. In order to see anything here in Tasmania, you need a car.

I think that there is something about driving on the left that requires additional road signs. There’s a million “keep left” signs, and the painted street crossings always tell you which way to look. It’s almost as if they know, deep down, that this is a more difficult way to orient themselves.

The funniest part about being in opposite land is that I am constantly dancing with people as we attempt to pass while walking or hiking. Our normal tendencies collide and we end up dancing. It has made for a few funny scenes.

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