Oh my God. I loved having a car. Not just a car. A massive 4wd. It was so big we felt we could get our own back on those bullying white UN 4wds that are always hogging the road and driving at breakneck pace, haha. We called her Jezebel :D
Guess what? When I do not have to walk everywhere, I do not get exhausted and sweaty all the time! It is amazing! Also you can check out restaurants, shops etc on the other side of town and it does not take 5 hours! And you can go places at night! Marvellous!
While having a car, in one morning, I was able to purchase a ladder, an oven, 6 boxes of bottled water, and a shitload of groceries. There is no way that could have been accomplished on foot or using taxis, each separate item would probably take one whole morning each. Over the whole weekend, I kept wanting to return to the supermarket *just because* we had a car and so I would not have to walk home carrying groceries all the time. No car = lots more trips to the supermarket because you can only buy as much as you carry. Frustrating.
There was a bonus with the water – not having to go to the nearest shop meant that we actually found a place where a box of bottled water was less than $4 USD – other places charge $5 or even $6.
I have now decided that I am going to rent a car approximately once a month to go somewhere and do something. I will be able to stock up on groceries and water and go for a drive out of town and go out to dinner. I can’t tell you how FABULOUS all of these things are.