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I am married to the love of my life and am finally able to shower him with all of the attention he deserves. I am now retired and living the life here in Europe. I am an American, he is an Australian, and this is our second overseas address. The first was Shanghai, China and now Munich, Germany. Come along and live the life with us as we continue our adventure of discovering all Europe has to offer.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

VROOM, VROOM

Since we just bought a car here in Munich, which uses diesel, I am now in great sympathy with my U.S. compatriots who are suffering effects of the cost of fuel.  For the last two years, we have used public transportation, bikes, and our feet to get around in Munich.  Having a car for just over three weeks, we are having second thoughts about using it in the city.

 It may only be used for trips around Europe.  Fuel is ridiculously expensive; about $5.70 a gallon here.


All kidding aside, it is hard to comprehend how families make it when they have long commutes to work.   I also wonder how college grads who are trying to find jobs for the first time make it without a salary yet.  How do people who are already suffering economically make it?  I am thinking of those families that have been unemployed or had their homes foreclosed.  How are they going to continue when costs continue to increase?

It is a choice for us to drive or use public transportation, but not every city offers alternative choices.  I see no remedy for this problem especially with the Middle East in turmoil.  It is distressing to realize that transportation, which we all take for granted, is now considered a luxury.


5 comments:

April said...

$5.70 a gallon??? And I thought $3.45 was BAD! Yikes!

Nanato4 said...

Wow - $5.70/gallon? I can see why you might want to use the car for longer trips around Europe instead of around the city. Our car runs on diesel, also. Diesel is running as much as 40-50 cents/gallon more than gas, but at least it's not up to $5.70/gallon - at least not yet.

Kathy said...

I know what you mean about the price of gas and today's economy.
There is so much truth in your illustrations! We might as well laugh or we'll cry...

Formerly known as Frau said...

It's so true after two years of German public transportation I was so excited to have my car again. BUT I use it sparingly because of the gas prices unfortunately we live very rural so I only go if I have to which means I stay home a lot. It's a different and scary time we are in today. I do miss the convenience of the SBahn.

Harvey Morrell said...

That's cheap - at 1,54/liter (what my cousin paid in Oberammergau recently), that works out to roughly $8.25 per gallon, which is a little over double what I pay here.