Yes, we finally got a car. Indecision on our part led to 2 weeks of riding public transportation. Two weeks was enough. We needed to make a decision.
Here were some of our choices
1. Rent from the big car rental companies, like Avis. Too expensive for 10 months.
2. Buy a used car from a dealer here. We decided this might be troublesome. What if the car broke down? What if we had trouble selling it at the end of the year.
3. Rent a car from the grocery store. There are 2 big grocery stores in town, Hyper U and Leclerc. They both rent cars on a monthly basis. They are cheaper than the big car rental companies.
So that is what we did. We went to the grocery store and rented a car. That sentence probably sounds funny to us Americans!
We chose Hyper U because we were told by the British expats in the area that Hyper U has an English person who works at the service counter. These British expats have quite a little network here.
Managing a car contract with someone who speaks the same language is quite handy. So we met Rachel at the Hyper U and she was very helpful. Now we have a car for the rest of our time here.
The car says RENT-ME on the back. I don't even care.
Riding the bus was a lesson I won't soon forget. Lugging groceries home on the bus - no thank you! And it never even rained. I was dealing with the bus in nice sunny weather.
I think I sound like a spoiled American.
So the pictures on this post are pictures of the car. The kids barely fit in the back but I am enjoying have a little stick shift car to drive.