What is wrong with this picture?
Technically - the only thing obviously wrong is that yellow sign, as busses usually get passengers come from the curb, not the middle of the road.
In real life - NOTHING is right except that yellow sign. Yes, I knew that they drive on the left side of the road. This is one of the reasons I do not want to drive the car here. By the time I adjust, I'd lose my life or kill somebody several times. So I shouldn't care about it. Actually, it is not that simple. Wherever I look I see cars without drivers and shotgun passengers with a steering wheel. Confusing, but not so dangerous.
Next thing everybody tells me is to watch to the left before crossing the road. That sounded stupid to me. I watch both sides all the time, as you could be crossing the one-way street or somebody could be backing up, or... Stupid. Well, almost. It was even more stupid forgetting about it and realizing that fact half way across the road, in the dark, with incoming lights coming from an unexpected direction. We survived that encounter without hospital bills and with a dose of healthy respect for the sound advice about watching cars from unexpected directions.
But one thing nobody warned us, is something that doesn’t endanger our lives directly but costs a lot every time – BUS STOPS. It takes several levels of careful decision making where each goes against my instinct to choose on which side of the street to wait for the bus. Sounds ridiculous, but think about it. You are in an unknown town going from one place to another. Somehow, using your mobile phone, you find out which bus number are you looking for and where should you wait for it. But which side of the street to wait on, that is the question. I usually check by finding where is North. It used to be simple – around noon, sun is South from me. Earlier or later it goes more to the East or West. Not here in Australia. Noonish sun is at North, flipping my logic totally around. Driving on the other side, means that I have to double flip the logic to get to the right bus. Abundance of mobile software that helps (Bing is working great even here in Sydney), is helping, but not enough when my mind wants to flip some things differently. Anyway, to cut the long story a bit shorter – we wasted a lot of time waiting for never coming bus wondering why it goes in the other direction, but not in ours.
Moral of the story is to be aware of left and right side and respect differences before dismissing it as a ‘wrong’ side. It is just not ‘right’.
Јеб'о луд збуњеног. 'Ајде што возе левом страном, нисам луд да седнем за волан па да будем к'о онај из вица што каже да сви возе лошом страном пута. Ајде што треба гледати десно па лево кад прелазим улицу, иако се заборавим па онда тркам преко пута као зец када схватим да нисам приметио неки ауто. Него проблем је што нисам навикао аутобусом да идем, а овде је све на другу страну па чекам аутобус на лошој страни улице и као идиот гледам како пролазе у другом смеру не схватајући да бих и ја требао да сам у њему. Једино ме теши што још нисмо ушли у погрешан бус и отишли у Недођију мислећи да се враћамо кући заједно са Леси.