It’s Official (Posted 8-4-2011)

Who would have guessed that we would wait so long to obtain our driver’s licenses in Spain? When we first arrived, one of our colleagues told us that we would have it by Christmas of last year. Not quite. I passed my driver’s exam last week and went to the school today to pick up my provisional license. This is a full 8 months later than we were supposed to have the process finished. Oh well, it wasn’t for lack of trying.

They gave me this shiny and humongous green placard to place in the back windshield of our car for the first year of our driving. We won’t necessary be driving in style, but at least we’re driving.

If there is a silver lining in this story, aside from the fact that the process is over (for Chad), we actually saved money by my failing the third attempt. We hadn’t transferred the car funds we raised and exchanged dollars to euros because the rate had been so bad the last few months. If I would have passed my third exam four weeks ago, we would have transferred almost 800 euros less because of the exchange. So, at the least, we saved 600 euros by my failing a third time. I don’t know if it was worth the emotional frustration, but we are thankful nonetheless.

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