Which Side of the Road Do I Drive On?
So away I went. There really aren’t a lot of stop signs here, mostly just yield signs. Which I was used to in Germany. There is also a lot of Roundabouts or traffic circles here and those can be a bit more confusing since you are entering on the left and exit on the left. I almost made the mistake of exiting on the right. Thankfully I didn’t.
My first couple of customers noticed that I had accidentally put the windshield wipers on instead of the turn signals ( The turn signal is on the right of the steering wheel and the wipers are on the left) At first they were concerned, but quickly were like..oh you must be an American. I told them yup and today was my first time driving on the other side of the road. One woman said “ohhhh help help” but in a joking tone. She just kept telling me to always remember to stay to the left and I’ll be alright. Upon taking that same woman back home she asked me “ Which side of the road do you drive on? I jokingly said “ummm the middle right?” by this time she was a bit drunk and was like yeah that sounds right.
All night everyone was quite friendly and after I told them I had just moved here, they were quite accepting and gave me directions around town to get them back home safely. After about 3 hours of that, I actually got a hang of driving and I think as long as I don’t space out and just keep focused I’ll be alright with this whole driving thing. I remember in Germany I was a bit scared to drive because there they have 100 more signs than we do in the states and everyone there drives super crazy fast., but that too I got the hang of and soon I was driving 90+ everywhere I went.
I think this job will be alright for the time being, until I either can find something different or until Teryn and I decide to take off to another part of the south island. *Note I didn’t stay with this job long as I was hired to be an electrician with a local company*
2 years ago I made the decision to travel the world and set aside my clothing line that I've been slowly building since I was deployed to Iraq in 2005. Lately I have been trying to figure out how to get things started again. All I know is that with enough determination, drive and passion anything is possible. I have the new website back up with all of the designs at the ready. Let me know what you think. AlternateDecision.com
We are looking at Nelson, New Zealand or Bay of Islands. But right now our main goal is securing the campervan, so we can take off and explore more. ( Which we did settle in Nelson with Dug our awesome campervan! More of that to come soon)
Oh, cool thing about Lonestar is that some of the bartenders believe there is a ghost there. Every now and then there is an order for Brandy on the register screen. Never anything else, just brandy. And people here don’t really drink brandy. But every now and then it’s popped up on the screen and already ordered. So weird, but at least the ghost is trying to pay for the drink.
Have you been to New Zealand? Where did you go or what did you see? Do you have plans to visit? Let us know in the comments below!
Global Giraffe is a travel blog that is focused on keeping it real. This isn't a fluffy rainbow magical travel blog, here you'll find real life situations, tips and advice for the every day person that wants to know more about places they've never been to. Global Giraffe is led by Dan and Teryn. After leaving Denver, Colorado, they decided to try to take on the world, one odd job at a time. They are currently residing in Phuket, Thailand. For more updates follow Global Giraffe on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.