As you know, we have been living in Spain for a few years, and during that time we have done our fair share of driving and trying to figure out the Spanish road signs. I remember when we first arrived and trying to figure out the rules of the road. Coming from the United States, there were plenty of things that were familiar, but many others that just made us wonder, or look up the answer on the internet.
We have welcomed several visitors to Spain and it has been fun driving around with them. It is fun hearing their thoughts on driving in Spain as well the meaning of the road signs in Spain and the street markings. Did you know we have a Zebra, Giraffe and Jellyfish crossing? What about the Poo Stop or Ninja’s on the loose?
For many non-EU citizens, including the UK and Americans, obtaining a Spanish drivers license can be a rough, frustrating process. It worked out for us in the end, but now that we have our license, I figured it was worthwhile to explain what we did, the process we went through, and my general frustrations with the whole process.
So you’ve decided to take the family on a road trip and you are the road trip planner. How exciting, you are in for the time of your life! All you have to do is plot a route, find a few activities, a place to rest your head at night and you are done. No sweat, right?
No matter where we travel, we usually wind up doing some driving. Heidi and I have the whole driving thing down to a science. I’m usually the driver, and she’s the navigator. We rarely get lost, and when we do, it’s more of a “controlled lost“. And even when we get really lost, it’s not all that stressful. Unless it’s late. Or we’re all hungry. Or tired.
This is one for the ages! I can’t remember the last time we’ve had so much fun as a family. We partnered with Adventure Hub St. George, and they set us up with a UTV from Southern Utah Adventure Center. Now you may be asking, “What is a UTV?”. Is it an Ultra Terrific Vehicle? No. Is it a Unique Tall Vehicle? Nope. UTV really means, Utility Task Vehicle, but that doesn’t sound like much fun. The more common name is a side-by-side, and they are fun, Fun, FUN!
When planning our time in Penang, we knew we wanted a “normal life” feel, for a couple of weeks. We rented a 3 bedroom condo in Batu Ferringhi area and also decided we wanted to rent a car. That would give us a little break from hotel and public transportation life and help us recharge our batteries. We were thankful we had the opportunity to work with Europcar Malaysia for our car. It is a company we’ve often used in Europe, so we were excited they were also in Malaysia.
With our trip to Morocco in the books, I figured I would do a post on what it was like to drive in the country. Since I’m writing this, and you’re reading it, it’s obvious to say, “We survived!“. Obeying the “Rules of the Road” was a bit difficult at times, Continue reading →
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