This is my first post on Arab Expats. Thank you who-sane for inviting me to join🙂
Over the years I have met with a number of people who had recently immigrated to Canada from Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. Of course one of the first things people do when they get to Canada is apply for health insurance, social insurance number and a driver’s licence. Sounds pretty simple eh??
This is a conversation I’ve had over and over with these people:
Me: so are you all set for your driver’s exam?
Person: of course, there is nothing it is, I have been driving for years in (Lebanon, Jordan, etc)
Me: maybe you should get a driving instructor to give you few lessons
Person: no like I said, I have been driving for years; I can give lessons to the best of them
Me: ok good luck!
Few days later:
Me: sho mabrook 3ala your licence?
Person: no not yet, I failed the exam!
Me: wal! No way! You did? How come? (Thinking I told u so, hahahaha)
Person: listing at least 10 things he did wrong during the exam
Me: that is too bad; you should take some driving lessons, to learn the driving laws and rules in Canada
Person: Yeh I called a driving instructor and will take some lessons!
Me: good; good luck next time(thinking I told you so, I told you so)
I know, I know, bas ya3ni they were too annoying with their over confidence! One person wanted to show off so he was driving with one hand during the exam!
I have only met two people who actually passed their exam from the first try! I mean “rules” are different in the middle east, everything goes, and the shatara is not following the rules and cutting people off there.
This reminds me, the way the traffic light is placed in Canada is very confusing to middle easterns. When my husband’s nephew came to Canada, he would be driving, then he comes to a red light but keeps on driving to stop right under the light!
He looks around and notices that he has already passed the intersection and is n the middle of the road.
That was hilarious to watch! When I went back to Amman and Syria I knew why he did that.
Can anyone blame me for not being to happy about him driving my brand new car?