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Roundabouting Grand Cayman

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Grand Cayman is not a mammoth island like Cuba, nor it is a little spit of sand dotting the Caribbean landscape. The island has a sizable population of 65,000 inhabitants, roughly the same number of Walmarts you find in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dotted over the island may be 10 total stoplights. Transportation is just on a smaller scale.

There is 5:00 traffic, yet it only delays your commute by five minutes, but surprisingly enough, 5:00 traffic lasts until 6:30.

Driver tendencies span from grandmas inching down the road to young teenagers racing around blind corners. Iguanas never know what to expect.

Being that the Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory, everyone drives on the lefthand side of the road and all vehicles move completely opposite from back home.

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Yet there is one thing that makes life more convenient on the road. It isn't rum, it's roundabouts.

These well designed roundabouts allow traffic to flow. Like a river. It does require you to be able to use your blinker with proficiency.

With roundabouts, you never have to idle.

Roundabouts come in two sizes, large and small.

I do question, do people have the "right" away, or the left "away"?

P.S. I added a video to Ivan's Salty Lemons

Posted by TulsaTrot 11.11.2013 18:48 Archived in Cayman Islands Tagged roundabouts

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I'm sure glad I was never introduced to a roundabout in my younger years. Steering on the left hand a bottle of booze in the right. That could have been confusing. If I ever visit The Caymans now, someone will have to give instructions on what an old man should do. Happy, happy, happy.

12.11.2013 by abuelo blanco

Always enjoy your messages since they are usually expressed with humor. I am trying to get ready for Thanksgiving. The East TX kids are stringing in prior to Thanksgiving Day. It will be good to have them though.
Even though you are under British rule you can still celebrate the day. Do they have turkeys in addition to the rum?
Got to get shoveling on my house to make room.
Love you all, Aunt Martha

14.11.2013 by Martha Phillips

Well Aunt Martha, we are going to have school on Thanksgiving, but we are going to have a turkey dinner that night up here at school among us Americans and anyone else who wants a little turkey. There are chickens running around the entire island here, but no turkeys that I can speak of. Enjoy your Turkey Day in giving thanks.

14.11.2013 by TulsaTrot

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