Our car arrived last week. So with a newfound sense of freedom, we’ve been making our way around the city and trying to learn our way around. Since public transportation is a no-go and general mobility is somewhat limited, having our car is huge.I no longer feel trapped in our apartment while Kail is at work. We no longer have to bum rides to the grocery store, to restaurants, to the movies — basically everywhere (and Kail no longer has to rely on others for rides to work) — or call a cab to take us from point A to B and back.Even better: Our mobility is no longer limited to getting from point A to B and back. We can — as we did this weekend — drive from home to the embassy for a run, followed by breakfast and a trip to the supermarket. We can return home for a couple hours then head back out again to explore San Salvador. We can take a wrong turn (or three), get lost, find our way home and learn some new routes around the city.We can run out for frozen yogurt for dessert. We can drive ourselves to church. We can learn to navigate the crazy Salvadoran traffic circle rules (or lack thereof), where the center lane has the right-of-way and it’s totally acceptable to shoot across three lanes of traffic to make a sudden exit.I have to admit: I was mildly terrified of driving here before I got behind the wheel. While traffic is nothing compared to Washington, DC, drivers here are generally more aggressive, and there are also jaywalking pedestrians and stray dogs to contend with left and right.But it’s one thing to be a passenger in someone else’s vehicle and quite another to be in control of what’s going on. And so far (read: in the five days we’ve been driving ourselves), it hasn’t been that bad.Sure, rush-hour traffic can be hairy, and rush-hour traffic in the evening in the rain while trying to find parking in a busy commercial area can be downright anxiety-inducing, but we’re managing.Have you driven in a foreign country or in a new city? How do you manage?