I grew up in a small town where “make a right at the convenient store” was given as a legitimate and easily understood direction even though the convenient store wasn’t called that for decades.

When I moved to DC, I delighted in telling visitors to “turn right onto 16th Street until you hit the White House and then turn left.”

I think these directions for our upcoming trip to Aruba take the cake:

When leaving the airport take a left turn (3rd exit) at the roundabout heading towards Oranjestad and the High Rise hotel area. You will be driving with the airport and the ocean on your left.

Stay on this road all the way past the hotels.

The last hotel on the left will be the Ritz Carlton. Stay on this main road (driving with the ocean on your left) you will drive past an old ship wreck and a little further the road will bend to the right where there is  a left turn, take the left turn (signposted for the California Lighthouse 1B).


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