Day 29: Lada Power!

If Chevrolet has a near monopoly on new car sales in Uzbekistan, Lada takes the top prize for pride in ownership, and raw Soviet aesthetic.  Few cars have maintained the same basic body style as long as the iconic Lada 2100 series, production lasting from 1970 to 2012, an amazing 42 years.  Not the only … Continue reading Day 29: Lada Power!

Day 70: Road Signs are Guidelines

In keeping with yesterday's theme of traffic, I'd like to highlight a major principle of Italian driving: road signs are guidelines. I have seen more road signs here then in any country I've ever lived in. A few months ago, Drew and I went away for the weekend, and when we came home, there were … Continue reading Day 70: Road Signs are Guidelines

Day 71: Incidente! Dealing with a Car Accident in Italy

What to do when minding your own business, on your daily commute, a route you've driven a hundred times before, when all of a sudden, "BAM!". Something hits you from behind and your tranquil morning turns into an adventure. Thus was my predicament this morning. Vicenza Ovest, Viale del Sole, essentially a northbound spur of the … Continue reading Day 71: Incidente! Dealing with a Car Accident in Italy