Dealing With the Unexpected

t12Well our “winter in Spain” has ended and the ferry delivered us onto English soil and our disasters began. All roads nominated by the sat.nav. were closed. In fading light and occasional street lights we tried to pore over the map, whilst the sat.nav couldn’t understand why we were ignoring instruction and kept telling us to go round the round-about and join the nominated road. Very frustrating! A journey which should have taken us 3 hours took 5 plus hours!

First the A3 was closed as traffic piled off the ferry and in the dark diversion signs were either unseen of missing. We circled Portsmouth together with other motorist for a while, then the sat.nav kicked in and we headed north.

After 6 months of virtually clear roads in Spain the sight of car headlights as far as you could see, and bumper to bumper traffic, was a bit of a culture shock. Many other roads were closed including the A1M and 421 which was the route specified. Eventually the sat.nav. gave us an alternative route and we arrived in the early hours of the morning.

On arriving home there were more problems we had arranged with the plumber to drain the water system dismantle showers etc. this he had done but he had not returned to reinstate them, so we had no bathroom facilities or water! Not really funny at 3am.

At least the weather has improved in England from the visions we had seen on TV. In fact it is today warmer than in Spain so we have definitely brought the good weather with us!

So perhaps the moral of this story is check all instructions have been fully carried out don’t assume they will be. Also carry a torch and a large-scale map, in case problems arise, perhaps I should have been a girl guide!

We have enjoyed our first winter in the sun, and look forward to returning to our house in Spain in the autumn. So if you are fed up with cold wet winters and are wondering how you can avoid them in future, let me recommend affiliate marketing as a means of a growing an income, and a very satisfying way of life.

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4 Tips to Follow While Driving in the Rain

t11Driving a car of your own has pleasures in itself where you get to modify things according to your requirements and capabilities. Driving on your own is an art in itself where you need to be perfectly skilled with the techniques where you need to handle your car, keep other passengers safe and keep your eyes on the road to avoid accidents. Despite weather conditions outside, you need to have the skills of driving well on the road and reach your destination safely. The weather affects the driver in a great way where the scorching heat can take a toll on and make you feel dizzy or heavy rains can make your eyesight weak so as to not see anything around you on the road. Despite such issues, you need to have the strength to survive in circumstances and it often comes along with practise.

Driving during the rains is something most drivers dread as it is when there is the most number of accidents caused. The drivers cannot see the road ahead or the car tyres tend to skid on slippery roads and thus cause a mishap. Here are a few tips that would help you drive safely during the rains and not fall prey to any mishaps.

• Avoid driving unless necessary – If you are already on the road and there is a shower coming your way, you cannot always afford to go back to where you came from or stop somewhere until the rain passes away. If you are indoors and intend to reach somewhere, try and stay indoors unless it is something imperative. Being out on the road while it is raining is something that should be avoided for safety reasons where slippery roads or water pools could lead to accidents.

• Check your headlights and wipers – Before the rainy season hits; remember to check the necessary accessories of the car. Accessories such as headlights, indicators, wipers, etc. are the ones that are often put to use when it pours heavily. Getting stuck midway with any one of these accessories not functioning can land you in deep trouble or probably an accident. You could consider checking it every day before stepping out as a precautionary measure.

• Maintain safe distances from other cars – Even if you are driving while it is raining, keep safe distances from the cars ahead especially if they are large trucks. The water that they spray with the large wheels is enough to blur your vision and thus to make you lose control of the wheels.

• Equip yourself with the necessities – Necessary equipment such as umbrella, raincoat, torch, food, clothing and waterproof footwear should always be available at hand in your car. You never know when you would require them and miraculously helping you to get out of a tense situation while you are stuck midway due to the heavy rains.


Essay Journey by Train in Winter

t10A journey by train is an interesting experience. It charms our mind and makes us happy. I got a chance to attend the marriage ceremony of my friend last winter-season. My friend is living at Lahore cantonment. I got seats reserved for all of my friends and family members in the first class compartment from Peshawar to Lahore in a Super Express train. On the day of journey, we got up early in the morning and prepared ourselves for journey. We hired a rickshaw for our conveyance. It took almost an hour to reach Peshawar City Railway Station.

Similarly, we got into the train and found our seats beside the windows. The train started to move slowly. When the train crossed the platform, it attained fast speed gradually. Soon, it ran very fast and after one and half hour, it reached Attock city. I was carrying some novels, magazines and a newspaper with me. For some time, I and my friends read but our minds felt bored due to reading. We gazed outside through the window of the train, it gave us a charming sight. We saw lush green fields, trees groves and forests from the window of the running train. We also saw farmers ploughing in the fields. Then my train reached Rawalpindi Station. We had our dinner here at the dining-stall on the railway platform. There was a lot of rush. The hawkers and vendors were selling the foodstuffs and beverages. Soon, the guard blew his whistle and waved his green flag and the train started to move slowly. We got into our compartment and the train left the station.

A couple from abroad boarded in our compartment from Rawalpindi Station. The couple was very polite in behavior. I inquired from them about their country. The man at once quipped that he belonged to Spain. Then, both the husband and wife began to narrate facts about Spanish. They also compared the same with the facts and information about Pakistan. His wife spoke highly of Pakistani womanhood. She praised the beauty and behavior of Pakistani women. She also praised the culture, civilization, historical places and placed of religious interests in Pakistan. Both were deeply impressed by the grandeur of Punjab. Its folklore and festivals were highly appreciated by them. The chat with the foreign couple was quite interesting and learning for me. They also narrated the brief history and culture of Spain.

It was night and was darkness outside. The chilling wind began to blow. My train was nearing its destination. The train halted at Gujranwala railway station. The engine was also changed there. The train then steamed off here at Gujranawala railway station and ran at its full throttle. The piercing wind was penetrating through the open window panes. The train reached Lahore in the early morning. I met my friend at the railway station who had come to receive us. We then, both drove to his home. It was a pleasant journey. It added to my experience and knowledge a lot.


Safety Tips for Girls Traveling Alone

t9Choose accommodation wisely.

Check all the hotel options, location, services they provide and type of rooms. Try to avoid hostels.

Protect your money and documents.

As your packing and luggage, you need to travel light and avoid carrying many handbags and stuff with you. A good tip is to get a money belt, you can find it easily, it is cheap and you can use it under your clothes.

Visit public and safe places.

Avoid walking alone especially at night and in dark places. Try to visit popular places and if you need something or get some information avoid asking a stranger, you better go to a coffee shop, restaurant or store and ask an employee. You can also have with you a pepper spray.

Avoid Taxi Cabs.

Taxis are not always the best option, you don’t know if they’re completely safe or which route they can take. You don’t need to be looking for a taxi standing alone at street, there are some private transportation agencies like Uber or any airport shuttle that will provide you the whole information of your ride like the type of car, driver’s name, routes, and timing information. You can also ask for a woman driver if you want to!

Bring some medication or your personal “first aid kit”.

You know your body and which medications you need at specific situations. Consider that it might be difficult to find some medications in other countries, cities or places so, you better bring them with you (medications for headache, stomachache, pain, antibacterial gel, contraceptives, etc.).

Be careful of what you eat and drink.

Don’t eat or drink too much, know your limits. You can use websites like trip advisor and search for the most recommended places. Try to avoid eating at street and if you want to have fun and take a couple drinks do it with moderation. If you meet people at restaurants and bars don’t let them know you’re traveling alone and don’t give them specific information. You never know people’s intentions and who you’re talking to.

Learn the basics of the local language.

If you’re traveling to another country with another language you should learn all the words and meanings you could need (like restrooms, banks, hotel, restaurants, food, hospitals, transportation services, etc.) or you can also bring a dictionary with you. This way people will understand you easily.