We bought a ‘Global Positioning System’ to take on holidays with us. Mostly because The Baldy Boy had to drive through Sydney to pick up the new trampoline on the way home, and because… well.. what boy doesn’t like a new techy toy to play with. I have to admit it did come in handy quite a bit while driving around Queensland. It made driving from one friend’s place on the Sunshine Coast to another’s on the Gold Coast much easier – not to mention finding our way into the middle of Brisbane and to and from the airport.
It is a bit of a leap of faith for me, to trust the little box that is telling you where to go. While driving around the city streets of Brisbane it was quite hard for me to let go and just follow the instructions. I was sure that sign said ‘Gold Coast’ and pointed right, so why is this thing telling me to turn left??? And please please PLEASE tell me that it knows which way all these one way streets go!
I got used to it though, and in the end even found the nice lady’s voice quite comforting – especially when the girls would parrot the instructions from the back seat, just to make sure I had heard it…
“She said turn left Mamma”
There are several voice options for the GPS, with several different accents, but surprisingly there is no Aussie. Maybe having someone say “oi turn right you bugger” isn’t so conducive to stress free driving?
We tried the kiwi lady but it got a bit too much after a while, the American was a little too twangy even for me, so we settled on the English lady. She sounds just like Nigella to me…. all nice and proper. I often felt like at any moment she was going to break out and give me a good “Luscious” or “Superb” and it was almost disappointing when all I got was a –
“In 800 metres…. bare right”
(now I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong, but I just have to ask… should it be ‘bare’ or ‘bear’? or some other kind of ba(e)r(e) that I can’t think of??)