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Driving in Europe = We're Idiots

NVR Guys

All is well as we continue to slog our way to Mainland Europe via ship. We have found our groove and are happily settled into a nice work/explore balance. With a lot of work projects on our plates, we can sometimes have difficulty establishing a nice pace. That's not the case this time around. High fives all around. Well, mostly.

Rental car "issues"

After a week at sea, we had our first stop – the Canary Islands. In celebration of making it to land, we decided to do something we've wanted to do for a long time. We rented a car. Please understand, we never do organized cruise port tours, opting instead to do our own thing. Moreover, we've always been hesitant about renting a car in situations like this. Why, you ask? Oh, for about a billion reasons. Sleazy independent franchises, long lines, trumped up car damages, etc.

So, you can imagine how stoked we were to find the friendliest people imaginable behind the Hertz counter.

"What about scratches?" I asked.

"As long as you bring it back in one piece, all is bueno," the uncharacteristically charming representative assured us as we hightailed it off the lot.

So off we went towards stop #1 – the beach. Windows down, sun shining, day made. It was like a Go-Go's video. At first.

After taking the above photo and jumping back in the car...

Caanan (after a lot of futzing around): Oh f***.

Side note: so much for trying not to swear.

Kent (distracted looking at pictures on the camera): What? Did something get stolen?

Caanan: No… I can't get the car in reverse.

Kent: Oh f***.

Side note: so much for trying not to swear.

Caanan (sweating, trying to maneuver the stick over): Tell me this isn't happening.

Kent (trying to heave the stick over to the "R" position from the passenger's seat): In the U.S. I know you push down really hard.

With no manual in the car, this went on for about 20 minutes – until we finally decided that one of us would have to push the car out of every spot we parked in for the day.

Please take a moment to imagine how stupid we looked doing this for the duration of the rental.

Not until we got back to our drop off point did we figure out that the car had a pull up lever that had to be engaged in order to get the car in reverse.

We have to pull it together.