Now it all makes sense...
Last night (after a gym work-out, I re-started my “new, healthy life” for the 2984698264th time yesterday –I know, I know, such a cliché!) I caught up with my old language partner from Suzhou who was in Shanghai for Qing Ming Jie. If you have followed this blog for a while you probably remember her: she’s the one who learned English with Desperate Housewives, only ate apples in order to lose weight, and had a boyfriend who made her a “home gym” when she said she wanted to start exercising. Gosh, I’ve missed her!
Since I left Suzhou she has gotten married and she and her hubby has bought a car.
-Great, is it a new car? I asked.
-Of course. In China, no one would buy an old car.
-Right (I always forget!). So do you drive every day to work now?
-No… my husband drives. I have a license but I cannot drive.
-Yeah, I bought my license some years ago but I don’t know how to drive.
-You BOUGHT your license?
-Yes! What… you cannot buy a license in Sweden?
-Eh… hell no you cannot!! You have to pass several tests… driving tests as well as written tests about rules, signs, etc.
-Oh… OK. Well, I am learning now. My husband is teaching me.
-Did he also buy his license?!
-Yes. But he knows how to drive now. He has learned.
Holy cow! Now, I knew this kind of market existed, but I didn’t think it was so common. People here buy their license, buy their cars and THEN learn how to drive? No wonder that there are so many car accidents in China!
-You know, once I know how to drive maybe we can go on a road trip!
-Ehhh… let’s see about that.
Yeah, I don’t think so. Oh, and I will metro everywhere this week.