In Crete where I live, parking is... unique. Oh, cars are parked in (what I'd call) normal ways and spaces - in garages, paid parking lots, parallel parked along curbs. But they're also parked more creatively. On sidewalks. Double-parked with hazards on. Set haphazardly in dirt parking lots, where drivers snake in slowly so as not to hit others and walk away praying there'll still be an exit route open when they return. Kind of a free-for-all.
So it's always an adventure when you drive downtown. A friend of mine runs a ministry in town with her husband, a combination coffee shop/laundromat/clothing outlet located on a bustling corner. And let me tell you, this girl - a dynamo if you ever met one -knows how to optimise city parking. One time a fellow volunteer was circling the block in search of a spot, and my friend showed me a trick: create a space by rolling the large mobile dumpsters set along roadsides to another spot along the road. They're set between parked cars and take up half a potential parking spot; two together can take up a whole one. Yeah, you have to leave your car awkwardly idling in the road with - you guessed it - hazards on while you finagle large rolling carts full of trash around a bit, and your fellow motorists might not be thrilled. But it gets the job done.Read More