Left is right?


In the United States, cars drive on the right hand side of the road. That is what I have known my entire life, and I'm guessing you have, too! However, in much of the rest of the world, including in South Africa, people drive on the left side of the road. Additionally, in Cape Town with its frequent warm weather, there is no need for the snow plows and four-wheel-drive trucks to get around like they do in South Dakota!

How do people get around?:

Most frequently, people drive cars and walk. Motorcycles are also common in Cape Town. Since I do not have a car here, I often walk to the grocery store or coffee shops nearby. If I want to go somewhere further away, I will take an Uber. Uber is an app, similar to a taxi service, where you order a ride, and a driver will come pick you up. Uber is common in larger cities in America, too, but I know you certainly have not experienced an Uber in a small town like Redfield! Additionally, students like me at the University of Cape Town use the bus system called the Jammie Shuttle. The university campus is on a giant hill, so I like to catch the Jammie to class to avoid the mile-long hike uphill! The bus station is about a five-minute walk from my apartment.

How did I feel when I tried this way of getting around?:

When I first arrived to Cape Town, traffic from the opposite side of the road had me all mixed up!