FOWC with Fandango: Overjoyed

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How can anyone be overjoyed about the exit from the town parking. For most it is something natural, an every day happening. For me: a moment of happiness. And why? Because I did it again.

Cutting a long story short I passed my driving exam in Switzerland in a foreign language (German) in a foreign town (Solothurn) after the grand total of at least 90 driving lessons. Stop laughing, we are not all born with gas flowing though the arteries. And so I got my driving licence (even my driving instructor made a cross in the air behind the examiner’s back when he realised I had done it). This was almost 40 years ago at the age of 36. Afterwards I got my own car. Mr. Swiss and I both had a car as we were both working in different places at the time.

And so I survived for many years until Mr. Swiss retired and we only had one car. I had even progressed them to one of those big Volvo’s, and an automatic which was Mr. Swiss car. Then I was retired and not actually loving the act of driving, I drove less and less until I drove really no more and left it to Mr. Swis. Then came the fateful day, last December, when due to circumstances Mr. Swiss drove no more and I had to get back behind the wheel. I was not actually overjoyed, but had no great choice. I bought myself a new car. Due to my limitations, not being able to use the left foot, I was now a permanent driver with automatic gears. I only need to accelerate with the right foot and break with the right foot.

And now months later I am actually enjoying it. I am again motorised, who would have thought it. One of the last obstacles was to park in the underground town garage and upload the parking card. I am a full profi again, and I can do it. I just miss taking photos from the passenger seat whilst Mr. Swiss was driving.

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FOWC with Fandango: Overjoyed

5 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango: Overjoyed

  1. Parking garages are my LEAST favorite places to drive. Most places, they are very busy and not well marked, so it can be difficult to figure out where you need to go to “check out.” Fortunately, our hospital has $2 valet service for the disabled. Never have I loved my disable sticker more!

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    • There are very few public parking spaces in our cobblestoned town. I would have permission to park anywhere due to my disabled sign, but there is a good chance that I would be blocking the way for deliveries to various businesses and shops. Our park garages are very well organised and if I bother to drive to the bottom floor there is always plenty of space to manoevre


  2. Parking garages unnerve me a bit but only because the ceilings are so low! I always expect to scrape the roof of my car. Of course, I don’t, but that thought is always in my mind.

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