Despite stalling all over Belfast for the past week, I'm really proud of myself for learning how to drive a manual transmission since we've moved here.

It's been super cool to feel that transition from complete lack of control to early mastery. Like, suddenly I have new intuition and muscle memory that didn't exist at all a few months ago! In a real, tangible domain! It's been a long time since I've learned a genuinely new physical skill.

One downside: despite holding an American license for over 15 years, I'm still treated as a "new driver" here, and can't go faster than 45 MPH for a full year.

So that's cool.

Didn't want no motorways anyways.

@callahad Oh, that must be new. There was no max speed for new drivers when I learned in the UK. Though that was nearly 25 years ago now! 😨 So yeh, 'new'.

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@greg_harvey It's just a Northern Ireland thing. The rest of the UK is apparently quite reasonable with "new" drivers.

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