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I still remember vividly the first time a local gave me directions in Costa Rica:

Go north 700 meters. At the “pulperia” turn left, and go west 300 meters. At the corner where the old fig tree used to be, turn right. Go 175 meters and it’s the papaya-colored house on the left with the black gate.

Sure. So … how do I count meters? Which way is north from heDRIVE-02.jpg?width=196re? And how in heaven am I supposed to know where the old fig tree used to be?

Or, how about the directions to my old apartment in Rohrmoser, whe

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Short Skirts, Bikini Tops Cause More Car Crashes

You know it’s summer and a slow news season when the web site, Insurance News, tells us that men get into more car accidents in the summer than in the winter.

They get into more car crashes generally, but much more so in the summer, says Sheila’s Wheels, a British-based insurance company for women.

Why? Because men are ogling women when they should be driving.

Summer brings out the short skirts, the low cut blouses and sexy bikini to
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In 1975, German band Kraftwerk tried to capture the feel of driving on a motorway with the chorus Wir fahren, fahren, fahren auf der Autobahn ("We drive, drive, drive on the Autobahn"), often misheard as "Fun fun fun on the Autobahn." In fact, this nationally coordinated motorway system earned reputation for being one of the best places to drive in Europe and the ultimate pinnacle of the German driving experience, mostly because of its design and maintenance. 

There's no general speed limit, but

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Driving Tips in Tuscany

Normally I enjoy the lighter side of life, but this post is all business.
I'm serious. If you rent a car in the Tuscany region here are some 
super important tips and tricks you'll need to know.
1. Don't drive into most major cities. Lucca, Florence, and Siena are all
walking towns. Park on the outskirts of town and walk/taxi it in. You DO NOT
want to even attempt to finagle the narrow streets. Some spots won't even let you
drive in or you're arrested (so there's that too).
2. The Auto Strada is your m
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