Five ways life is better when you don’t own a car

Volunteer Park, Seattle.
Volunteer Park, Seattle–one of my favorite places that I can walk to.

I’ve been free of car ownership since 2005 and I love it! I first did it to save money and I thought it would be less convenient, but it turns out the opposite is true.

Instead, my life is happier, less stressful, and more fun! I still drive cars from time to time, but I don’t own one. Here are the ways my life is better.

1. Saves money.

The most obvious one is that it saves money. Lots of money! No car loan, no insurance, no gas, no parking, no repairs, etc. The money I spend instead on public transportation, occasional taxis, car rentals, or Zipcar is much less. Many people don’t know that with Zipcar and Car2Go, you don’t pay for the gas——they do. I love that.

2. Less stress.

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16 things I’ve noticed about food in Oaxaca

1) Most food in restaurants here is very rich and loaded with sauce (often made with cream). Of course the most popular is mole sauce (they have seven kinds here)! I’ve had mole negro and it was very good. I haven’t tried lots of other moles because I’m vegetarian and want to avoid ingredients like chicken broth or lard that might be in some sauces.

Mole negro over cheese
Mole negro over cheese
Mole paste
Pre-made mole paste is available in the markets

2) In supermarkets there are rows and rows of yogurt and yogurt-drinks. But it’s nearly impossible to find any without sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Continue reading “16 things I’ve noticed about food in Oaxaca”