19 Jan Do I Tip the Local Car Washers? (and lessons learned driving in Greece)
Some things I learned during two weeks of driving in Greece.
- Horn blowing and fist shaking are commonly practiced forms of communication. Becoming fluent in this “tongue” should be a top priority.
- The surest ways to give away your identity as a tourist:
- Use your blinker
- Stop at stop signs
- Give pedestrians the right of way
- Yield to the traffic already in a round-a-bout
- Park wherever you want, even if it blocks traffic. As long as you put your hazards on, it’s all good.
- The shoulder = slow lane. Either get in it & stay in it, or speed up.
- While driving in the mountains, passing on a blind corner is considered reasonable and prudent, even in winter.
- Its only considered tailgating if you actually hit the other person.
- The painted lines designating lanes are merely suggestions. As are speed limits.
- Despite language barriers, the one sure fire way to communicate, “I’m an _ _ _ hole” in at least 8 European languages: Drive a hummer.
- It is not uncommon to experience one of two feelings (or both) upon reaching destination:
- The elation that follows near death situations.
- Desire for a stiff drink such as the locally stilled Tsipouro (Greek equivalent of moonshine, and equally at home starting fires, putting hair on your chest, or removing paint).