I am officially a driver!! Yesterday I picked up my driver's license at the town hall. Woohoo! I'm so happy.
The process of getting a driver's license is a long one here in Czech. Firstly, you have to be 18 to drive. Secondly, it takes 7 one and a half hour classroom sessions, one 2 hour first-aid class, and 28 driving sessions of 45 minutes each (I would drive for an hour and a half with my instructor, so all together, I went driving 14 times). After finishing my test (in January), I then had to wait for three weeks before I could get my license! Whew. But that's all over, and today I have a pretty blue and red plastic card that says I can drive.
You're probably wondering how it feels to drive now... I'm still getting used to my mom's car, so I get a little nervous. I still drive slowly. I don't particularly like our little country roads. I haven't driven completely alone yet. I sometimes forget to turn my lights on (they have to be on all the time here). I fumble with the garage door opener.
But the good things? I feel so accomplished and grown-up. I love to shift. The more I drive, the more comfortable I feel. My mom is patient when she rides with me and offers tips kindly. I think it's fun. Mostly, it's just great knowing that I'm capable of driving!
Soon driving will be an absolutely normal thing, that I won't even have to think twice about. To get there, I have to practice, practice, practice, every day. It won't be long before I'll be used to it! I look forward to that day. Until then, drivers in Frydlant, please be gracious to me...I'm still fairly new on the roads!