The traffic and using the car absolutely. But I don’t only hate to drive in Santiago no a lot worse. I hate to drive and I hate sitting in a car with Liz when she drives and I also hate when I am in a taxi. Argh… I know it is probably a lot worse in Sao Paulo and in Mexico (been there) but it is a night mare. I find it is pure chaos and the drivers here are very unforgiving stressed and a lot more rude then in other countries. I fear a lot. The worst that happened to me when I WAS DRIVING was that I ended up the wrong way round in a 4 lane road as a (“Geisterfahrer“) The reason? The city of Santiago changes the direction of traffic in rush hours but does not bother to do anything about the huge arrows that show in the opposite direction….
Update: Let me explain a little bit more what especially I hate: Driving in the Taxi in rush hour or just after. Liz and myself were going out for dinner. No stress no appointment we would have had all the time in the World. The taxi driver drove as if there is a murderer behind, chasing us. Constantly changing lanes keeping absolutely no distance and he made a very stressed impression. Second experience: Ending up in the wrong lane (as described above). Can you imagine ending up the wrong way round in a busy 4 lane road. You actually do believe that you might get killed. We had our warning lights flashing but no. The Santiagans did not blow the horn to warn us or to let us know we were totally wrong. As they saw we were stressed had the warning lights on they were blowing the horn showing us the fist and the worst of all one guy tried to really scare us by pretending he would crash in to us and then pulling over in about the last second…..
O.k. this was a short post since I Love being here with Liz and I love the country (more later) I am still in a honeymoon phase with the country and the city and I had so much joy in the past 3 weeks! As Meredith put it in her post “Sounding the depths” I am probably in phase one of the expat experience.