So that was me last week, having just passed my U.K. driving test… on a manual car, no less. I was very excited: geeked to have learned a new skill (driving a manual) and to have a bit of freedom again, to get in a car and just drive. It’s not ecologically PC, but I love being on the road and driving somewhere I’ve never been before and seeing new places. Even in a country well served by mass transit, such as England is, there are still places that aren’t easily accessible by train… which is where I am this weekend, in North Norfolk (to the northeast of London, by the seaside), for arts and literary “garden party” Voewood Festival. Even getting lost is fun when it’s all new landscapes to see.
What about you? Do you like to drive? Feel free to make a distinction, such as I do: If I have to drive, it’s a pain in the ass. I would hate to have to drive to commute to a job, for instance. And driving in big cities is pointless and exhausting. But an open country road? Bring it on.
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