So I have been learning to drive these past couple of days with my sister, bless her soul, who is kind enough to drive in with me to work each morning and drive back with me in the evenings just while I work on my confidence and get accustomed to the roads. Learning is about a lot of things: juggling the clutch and accelerator, knowing when to increase the pressure and when to hang back or reduce the pressure slightly, it’s about anticipating the needs of the driver next to you and the guy who might quickly join the road or the clever chap who won’t indicate until too late, the taxi (matatu) driver who will stop at any point on the road and is best followed at a distance. The pet peeve though, is the cyclist and motorcyclist who just cycle along, carelessly. When done here, I am off to sign the petition to get separate cycle routes. What I have definitely learnt, is that driving is all about being calm and when the car stops, to stop the car, put on my hazards and just breathe, then start my car and go along swiftly. Also, that people do respect the “L” sign on the back of my car and will not hoot or do any of that.