My first driving lesson in China!
Posted on 2007/09/22
Last sunday was the ‘premiere’: I had my very first driving lesson in Shanghai’s Xuhui district, near Caobao road line one subway station. The license costs me about 4000 kuai and it will take ‘at least’ 3 months to get it, as the teacher said. No driving this christmas, too bad! Anyways, I had my Nokia N93i with me and decided spontaneously to document this driving license project as a vblog or video podcast for my other big website, mysan.de. So waste no time and head over to mysan.de to see what the first day was like. Since I speak german in the video, here are some facts: I have to take lessons once a week for three months. Taking more lessons every week wont speed that up. I will have to learn on a backyard for two months, only then I am allowed on a real street for the first time. We have to practice certain ‘moves’ over and over again, because we will have to do exactly these in the final test. So for the next two months, we are going to practice parking the car and other stuff in the mentioned backyard. Boring! Usually, we have to show up at the backyard at 9 in the morning and stay there until 5 in the afternoon, but we had a talk with our teacher and now we just need to spend the afternoon there. And the reason for that is because we share the car with two more people, and every 20 minutes or so we change the driver. Waste of time! So we told the teacher to teach the other two people in the morning and us in the afternoon. I really don’t want to spend the next three months every weekend in the back of a car, not driving myself for over one hour every time. That’s just stupid. Tomorrow we have our next lesson, expect the next episode next week or so.