Well I had a lovely day yesterday wandering around Maidenhead! I got up early to avoid the traffic as it was going to be my first ever motorway drive out of London and I wanted to avoid traffic. Here are some things I learned about driving in England:
- It is impossible to avoid traffic. It is there even at 8.30am on a Saturday morning.
- Mrs. Sat Nav saying “Bear Right” does not mean “change into right lane because there is a fork or bendy turn up ahead”. It just means the road curves. Do not, for any reason, get into fast lane.
- Sometimes motorways have smaller roads beside them, which can be confusing as the smaller road speed limit signs can look like they belong to the motorway.
- Motorway speed limit is NOT forty miles an hour!!! (see above)
- British drivers can smell fear. Assertive driving is very important!
After managing to arrive in Maidenhead about an hour later, I drove around where I will be working then found a car park and left the car behind for a good wander on foot. Maidenhead turned out to be absolutely gorgeous! It was really cute and quaint, and I really enjoyed just mooching about, popping into craft shops and looking at the buildings! I looked like a bit of a mad tourist taking pictures of random things, but it was all so pretty!
After a bit of a wander, I found the local library where I signed up for a card! The girl at the desk was really friendly and helpful, told me about getting a local Advantage card in the Town Hall once I have proof of address in Maidenhead. It will mean cheaper parking and discounts in lots of places!
After the library, I noticed a small art exhibition and decided to pop in to have a look. I was really glad I did! The artist had embarked on a project where she painted one picture a day for 100 days! They were really beautiful, and laid out in chronological order with funny captions underneath. Here’s a link to a blog where you can see the exhibition: http://harrietbrittaine.blogspot.co.uk/
My feet were starting to get tired so I went back to the car to drive home. Unfortunately, there had been a big accident on the motorway, so I ended up stuck in first gear for about half an hour! Eventually I got back, and collapsed on the couch.
Once I had recovered a bit, Peter suggested taking a walk into Wembley to see about getting me a sim card. I got a pretty good deal (£13 pounds per month rolling contract gets me 500mins, unlimited texts and 1gb of data!) and then spent the rest of the evening half watching the rugby, chilling with family and playing around with apps on the phone.
Woke up this morning after a lovely deep sleep! The plan today is to organise my suitcases, then do another practice drive out to Berkshire before coming home and getting myself sorted for my big day tomorrow! Getting nervous!