Really thought we'd been invaded by another planet on my first day in CapeTown
It was the mid 90's and my first full day in Cape Town.. Driving around Bellville in my little Toyota Corolla Rental for the first time, radio on, Coolio just finishing the last bars of 'Gansta's Paradise' on the radio, sun shining and it's a beautiful Summer day (late November).
Music stops, traffic report starts.
"And the Robots are out on De Grendel Road and Herbert Baker Street, so take care driving."*
Robots? ROBOTS? We're under attack by soulless automatons (Daleks, or even Cybermen perhaps) and I'm been told in a soothing Suid Afrikaan tone to take care driving? WTF???
Then I found out, a Robot is a traffic light.
Yeah, driving was fun! Red light rule. Stop (if in daylight and surrounded by other cars). Now slowly edge forwards. Once 50% of the vehicle is over the line, hammer it. If at night, accelerate through the lights as fast as your gas pedal will take you. You'll be fine.**
Motorway driving: Drive Really Fast.
Yes, I mean it, really fucking fast, as fast as you can***. In the outside lane. Stay on the outside lane until you exit at which point cross over all the other lanes really quickly to exit. Don't worry, you'll be fine, everyone else will know you're exiting so will avoid you.****
I miss Cape Town. Had a absolute blast there.
*Or somewhere around there.
** Usually. But don't blame me if you're not.
*** If you're unlucky enough to get caught for speeding you can take part in the wheel of fines game. Spin the wheel and see how you deal.
**** Actually, no they won't, but somehow luck keeps you alive.