We are well adjusted to our new home now. Furniture arrived last week from Brasil! Woo hoo. Only one bottle of saline solution was packed and busted in one box– so of course that kind of molded out. All of our clothes smelled of mildew- and even after a trip to the dry cleaners, a few items still just smell off. But we’re settled in… adjusted, maybe is too broad of a word. Getting used to driving in the US is actually something we didn’t think we would need to adjust for– after all we had been flying back to the US and driving the whole time we were in Brazil. But I guess they were for shorter period of time and we never noticed the subtle changes Brasil had made to our abilities.
So my husband and I should not be allowed to drive at all in the US. Or we should be required to take expat driving lessons I think. Mainly Brasil’s lack of regard for pedestrians mean that we’re not as watchful for idiots walking around anymore. I use the term idiots, as seriously people in the US that are walking feel like they’re so safe they can walk through a parking lot or in front of a car and not even look around before stepping forward.
We are so used to pedestrians having the right of way, people take for granted their own safety. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve yelled watch out as someone stepped in front of my husband while their head was turned behind them to yell at a friend. Who does that?? Americans that’s who.
Also, yellow lights in Brasil are A LOT longer than they are here. In Brasil you can definitely squeek through one no problem… here well I forgot how short those suckers were.
And finally, yes I am now the idiot sitting on red waiting for the light to turn green before turning right. So next time someone is sitting at a red trying to turn right, have a heart, maybe they’ve just come back from Brasil!
Our nanny of course just marvels at how all of these cars can turn right and left and cross paths at the crazy busy multi section intersections we have here, with free way entrances, and several inlets and outlets. I have to say, I love that I don’t have to take these long round about paths just to turn left, I do get lost a lot less often (sort of…).