It’s been tough. I can remember times in my adulthood when I didn’t have a car, but I think the difference is that I didn’t have a car and then had it go. I just didn’t have one.
And we do kind of have a car. We bought a second hand one, that J uses for his job, and which he guards very jealously. We bought it, he has to pay us back before he owns it, and until then we should be able to use it, but he isn’t very happy when we do.
So we are mostly without car. And part of the frustration is that our live is organised around the expectation of car. We live on top of a steep hill. The bus stop is at the bottom. We are fortunate that there is a supermarket at the bottom of the hill as well. But when we want to do things on the weekend, we are largely dependent on buses that are not always frequent, and may not go where we want to. Last weekend we had a three hour (fruitless) shopping trek for sewing machine oil. Whereas with a car it would have been 30 minutes.
When I have evening activities it is easier to go from work, rather than try to get home and back out. This means I have to be organised in the morning, and that I spend time waiting at my destination. And last week I had evening things most nights. Things I chose to do, but still tough.
Grocery wise – having the supermarket very close has helped, but carrying heavy stuff up the hill is not fun. We tried out home delivery, to a mainly successful result.
Shopping- both weekends we have ended up going to big shopping centres, but for specific tasks. Last week it was sewing machine oil. Yesterday it was phone repair on the old iPhone 5. There is a specific store that can fix its specific problem. But, we didn’t spend too much time there.
Getting to work is not too bad, but it definitely takes longer. I am carrying a backpack, rather than a hand bag, which is easier for carrying everything.
Fitness- yes I am walking more, but going to the gym less. When I can’t get home in time to be able to walk there on a weekday, that’s hard. And especially when I have to get home.
Living without a car is a challenge. If we knew we would be without a car longterm, we would not be living in this house. We would live somewhere closer in, with better links and easier walking space.