Saturday, August 08, 2015
Friday, August 07, 2015
Thursday, August 06, 2015
On driving in Japan,
- Watch out for traffic lights. The lights are not at the line where you are expected to stop, they are up high on the opposite side of the junction. Nearly caught me out a couple of times, especially in the towns.
- Watch out for trams, if they are around, especially if you are turning right across their tracks. Do a double take in your wing mirror and keep well away from the tram tracks. Again, almost got side swiped by one, my fault entirely. At traffic lights, trams have a different light signal, a 'X'.
- Journey times. Add at least 25% to your expected travel time for a planned route. Speed limits in Japan are lower than most other places and the drivers in the main abide by them, 60 km per hr on stretches of single lane motorway (never experienced those before) and 50 km per hr on many stretches of open road. I was always catching cars up and was only overtaken twice, as I remember.
- On dual carriageways, drivers in Japan tend to progress in the outside lane, with undertaking being the norm. I was assured my a friend that this is not a the rule but is practice. I noticed the same thing on Taiwan's roads but there the drivers are a little crazy, making the driving experience there more like Penang than Japan.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
I cannot tell you how very grateful I am that the rest of the human race have decided to adopt my native tongue as their lingua franca. I would be a lost soul on this planet of ours otherwise. How could you not love a language that is so flexible that whatever the word order or context, the message still gets through.
The offending puddle.