Thursday, 8 September 2016

An Adventure in Driving

I am fortunate to have a vehicle issued to me by my employer and drive myself to work and back every day. Mornings are fairly easy since I get out the door at around 6:30 am. The trip after school can be harrowing at times depending on if the traffic lights are working or not. I go slow and since we drive on the left in Pakistan not the right like I am used to, I really have to think when turning or making quick decisions.- like not hitting the cyclists or camel moving along in the shoulder area. (I really did see a camel two days ago on the way to work.) We don't have camels in Boulder, CO so I was rubber-necking to check out its colorful harness.

Sunday mornings are quiet on the roads here and some of my co-workers suggested practicing my driving skills before the city begins waking up. I did last Sunday and after almost 30 minutes of feeling very cocky and sure of myself, was promptly pulled over by two traffic policeman for failing to stop at a light that had just started working. I was able to talk my way out of a ticket since I am obviously a newbie when it comes to driving here, but it shook me up enough to head home and lay low for the rest of the day. I will most likely curtail my trips into the city or hire a driver when traffic is bad. It's all an adventure and driving in Lahore is adding up to be own of my best adventures yet.