Time is just flying by here in Sorrento and still I have found little time to blog...or even take any photos...or even see much of Sorrento for that matter! I have been busy driving up and down the Amalfi Coast numerous times...and let me say I am a fantastic driver!
I was working myself into a nervous wreck at the thought of driving 'on the other side of the road' up and down the Amalfi Coast. If you have seen the coast you know what I mean...and if you haven't well...think twisty, windy, narrow roads jutting out on the end of a cliff with nothing but the angry sea below you. To top it off the road is hardy wide enough for one car to pass through some parts, not to mention the huge buses that speed past, madly tooting their horns as they fly around the blind curves.
Adding to my anxiety about driving on the coast, was the fact that my rental car is like a tank...rather then the smart car that I requested (if you don't know what a smart car is, it's a tiny Lego like 2 seater car that are very popular over here in Europe where there is no where to park, and the roads are almost too narrow to drive down.) Before picking up my rental car the other week I asked specifically that it be small, the smallest car they have available and of course the rental company assured me it was. I went down to the agency: apprehension, nerves and excitement coursing through my veins as this was to be the first proper time that I would be driving in Italy. You can imagine my shock when I saw this big, black 5 door thing waiting for me. Ok, so it was a nice, sleek looking car but it was massive! I did kindly point this out to the agency that it was far from small, and have since been pestering them on a weekly basis to call me when a smaller car comes in.
But after being a nervous wreck, I jumped into the car and did the Amalfi drive...and it was actually fine! All that time spent worrying for nothing. So what if the first time I was driving so slow that a rather large line of cars was impatiently behind me, for it is almost impossible to over-take on the Amalfi Coast unless you want to die. And I did take a few of the corners a wee bit wide and maybe just missed the crazy buses by and inch...and I did nearly knock a few poor pedestrians down, but what on earth are they doing walking there! The second time, and then the third and fourth saw me just getting faster and better...so much so that yesterday I was even yelling insult at a slow rental car driving in front of me! "Get off the road you stupid tourists if you don't know how to drive!" Ahh...well everyone did tell me that the only way to drive here was to drive like an Italian!ave to