This is the first time either C or I have driven a car on the left side of the road AND with the steering wheel on the right. When we were in St. Thomas, we drove on the left side of the road, but there the cars are like cars in the mainland US: left-sided steering wheels. That made it a little easier for me.

I was a bit nervous about all of this left-lane, right-side steering business, I have to admit. As a passenger before we rented the car, I was having mild panic attacks when our car would turn left into the left hand lane, like: HOLY SHIT YOU’RE GOING THE WRONG WAY! Or I’d look over and see a passenger on the left side of another car sleeping and would be like: OMG WAKE UP!!

I think I’ve gotten the hang of it, though. I’ve burned some new driving thought processes into my thirty-something-year-old brain. The main mantra is this: Stay left. Stay left. Stay left. And because there is a tendency for people who are used to left-sided steering wheels to veer towards the left line of the road in right-sided steering cars, the other mantra is this: Hug right. Hug right. Hug right.

This while taking in views like this one in the northwest Lakes Region, where many of the roads are barely two cars wide.