Sunday, 11 November 2007
Crossing the road
After five weeks in the US, I think the hardest thing I have found is crossing the road in cities. For those that haven't been in the US, the number nine means that you have nine seconds left to cross the road. The vehicles are obviously on the other side of the road, when I was in Davis the students, hundreds of them were riding bicycles on the other side of the road and I was having to dodge across the road resembling I am sure a female version of Mr Bean. Some places drivers beckon you across even when the red hand for crossing is visible others try and cross the crossing when the numbers are still counting down. For someone as uncoordinated as I am it has been a very tricky experience and I am sure a great spectator sport.