|Susana smugly satisfied after passing her driving test first time|
Now I love Argentina. It’s a great big country full of great things to see and enjoy - including La Margarita. It’s is a country that has its quirks and there are some things you need to get used to if you come here . One of those things is the driving. Now if you have ever been to a go-cart event or the dodgems then that gives you an idea of the type of driving you will find here at the end of the world. So when Susana who is my commander in chief and all round hard worker re La Margarita said she wanted to learn to drive I felt a little chill run down my spine having experienced the standard of driving here - after all she would be learning in the estancia vehicles. However, it was no doubt a good idea that she drove - all we needed was someone brave enough to teach her. Off I sent her to a driving school in Belgrano in Buenos Aires. The theory being that if you can drive in the city of Buenos Aires you can drive anywhere. After six or seven lessons she asked if she could practice in the Discovery we have in La Margarita - I felt nervous however, how could I refuse. With heart in mouth off we set from La Margarita to terrorize the poor people in Tapalque. As it turned out she did really well. She handled the 4x4 well as huge as it is and I was confident enough to let her drive regularly after her first outing. After twelve lessons in the city she said that she was ready to take her test. She decided to take it in Tapalque since no doubt the standard of driving is more on the sedate side here than in BA - umm that’s an understatement. Last week we both went to town to do some chores when she said she needed to sign a form so that she could get a date for her driving test. On entering the porta cabin which was the driving test center a very nice lady who runs the office asked her to sit down while she gleaned some info from Susana in readiness for her exam. As we were sitting down in walks some chap and the very nice lady asked Susana if she wanted to take her test now. Now I remember my test as long ago as it was in the UK and I never remember anything like that happening - more like a six month wait for some stern faced task master to take you through the test. 'Ok' said a surprised Susana and off she went to take her test. Off they set and five minutes later they came back eh what! . See I thought, knew it couldn’t be that easy. Ok said the guy to Susana fine you’ve passed. And that was that - a test in five minutes. Turns out the guy asked her if has had taken some lesson and she said yes and he said ok good enough – honest its true no reversing, no parking, no emergency stop no nothing. She re-entered the office and the very nice lady said to her ok you need to go to have a medical exam tomorrow. When its done bring the result to be me and if its ok you will get your license. The next day Susana went to have her medical exam. The doctor asked her if she wore glasses – she said no and the doc said ok examination over here is your conformation everything is ok – honest that’s what happened. Off Susana went to the office with the very nice lady and the very nice lady said great that’s it in ten days you will have your license. In two days it arrived! Its amazing but true - makes you think eh!!
This is David Cummings alias the English Gaucho hasta luego