Friday, June 24, 2011

Do you Drive to Work?

This week I visited a class of Miami students who were spending part of their summer taking a business course in London. The professor contacted me and asked if I would share my experience of living in London and working at Google. Of course I would! It was really fun.

The students asked tons of questions and one of my favorites was a simple, straightforward one:

Do you drive to work?

I wish. Oh, those were the days. In Chicago I drove four miles and then parked in the beautiful Trump Tower Hotel where I had a view overlooking the Chicago River as I exited my car each day. Then I walked three minutes into the office. At the time, I knew I was spoiled, but I had no idea to what extent. Compare that to my now 45-minute bus-then-tube daily commute and I realize I was living in pure, decadent luxury!

In fact, I haven’t driven in England, or anywhere in Europe, since I moved. I’m scared! They drive on the other side in England and automatic cars are very hard to come by. I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered driving a stick shift at home so trying to drive one in England while remembering to stay left rather than right would be quite a challenge. Now throw in a few roundabouts and we would have serious issues. Calling me a hazard on the road is probably a huge understatement.

1 comment:

  1. I would be happy to drive you about Miss ... talk about spoiled! It's fun!

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