Sydney can get super-crowded, so it was a challenge to stay out of people's way. Kelly tried to reassure me that no one really cared or noticed. But then I opened the newspaper (Sydney's Morning Herald, considered to be the city's newspaper of record) and discovered this letter to the editor:
A walk on the wrong side: Every time I visit the Sydney CBD [central business district] I have at least one person crash into me because they are walking on the wrong side of the footpath. What's happened to the rule of keeping left? We drive on the left, therefore we walk on the left.
See! I wasn't just imagining.
I made the worst flub in New Zealand. We were touring the Houses of Parliament and I was walking upstairs on the right side as some guys (possibly MPs) were coming down. I practically collided with them, almost causing an international incident! And we know how they handle those.