Thirteen years without a car, and living in Switzerland does not help making the decision to get one.
Of course, living in Thailand, China, Ukraine, did not really call for the need of a car. Then, Czech Republic, where somehow, pubic transport is reliable at times. Now, in Switzerland, surrounded by nature-conscious people, who constantly praised me for taking public transportation, I never really thought about it.
Going for a week-end to the mountains is here as easy as going to work. Just sit in a train, follow the direction you printed off the Internet… Is has never been simpler to go from A to B.
Now, add to the equation a child and a dog… And it soon becomes expensive and unmanageable. Why? Simply because there is a choice. A choice to struggle through bus and train routes, or to buy a car and have a life where you don’t need to plan every step of the way (11:07, take the bus, 11:25, city center etc etc).
Now, with a car, it’s more “guys, I am stepping out for 10 min to go to the next village to collect a second hand toaster since ours is broken”… and I grab my keys and “step out” to the next village… A ride that would have taken me about 1.5 hour on foot…
Yes, easier indeed!