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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Look before you leap

I almost died as soon as I set foot in London. And after realizing the mistake I had made, I wondered why more people don't die as soon as they step out off Heathrow Airport. Although I was aware that people drive on the left (read: wrong) side of the road there, I paid no attention to it as a pedestrian.

My heart jumped a few beats when I instinctively looked left and saw no cars coming and put one foot on the road only to look to the right and see a truck (pardon me, a lorry) coming right at me from the right. It would have been a horrible way to die. No one would like their tombstone to read "Died looking the wrong way while crossing the road."

Fortunately in Central London, they had signs for pedestrians at crosswalks telling you to "look right." I wonder how many people died before they put those signs up.

Moral of the story: in a new country, always look both left and right several times before committing your foot to the road.

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3 Comments:

  • great entry! i like :D

    By Anonymous Aisha, at 1/23/2007 6:20 PM  

  • Having lived in so many countries I would hope that you knew that whenever, wherever always look both ways before crossing any street. I would have put "Look Right!" on your headstone instead.

    M

    By Blogger Max, at 1/23/2007 6:32 PM  

  • i think reading about how the transportation facilities are working in a certain country would help. so when you set foot on its land, you have the basic clues at least.

    blog hopping.. nice one you got here!

    By Anonymous dimaks, at 8/19/2007 2:40 PM  

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