Tuesday, March 04, 2008

We bought a car!

After a few weeks of looking in vain- of hot grumpy drives around Sydney and extended hours of internet trawling, we found one! it is pretty exciting to buy a car together for the first time. It is already ten years old and a bit shabby- but we are very proud owners of a white Subaru Forester.

Unfortunately it is in Tenterfield, two hours drive north of here. We were excited at the prospect of catching a bus up there and then driving home. But it turns out the price of the bus fare one way for the two of us is $120 dollars. This seems a bit prohibitive- and as usual I am trying to work out what is the most environmentally sound way to do it- hitch-hike? ( do people still do that in Australia...?, catch the bus? drive another car there and then drive two back? ride our bikes (198kms).

My office-mate tells me the buses used to be cheaper, and people used to catch them more, but now in this area they are becomming redundant. Everyone uses a car- and to my knowledge no-one hitch-hikes. Hmm.

I wonder if there is some sort of country NSW website for car-pooling? Any ideas?

5 Comments:

Anonymous step by step blog trade in car said...

Subaru good choice

8:52 pm  
Blogger bulanjdjan said...

I take it you've now moved to Sydney? Settling in ok? Wow, so many changes..

Is one of you travelling by bus and driving the car down alone an option? Would save on the bus fare, but means it would be a solo mission.

And did you get a couch?! Pictures please :)

2:43 pm  
Blogger Catalin said...

In the pre-internet days, there were ride-share bulletin boards at all the universities because students often don't have cars and want to go visit their folks on a weekend (and others with cars who are happy to get gas money). Don't know if anything like that exists there, but you could look into it...

Also, is there anything like Craigslist there? You could post your need for a rideshare on some announcement board. Even if you could get a ride some part of the way, then the bus fare would be less.

Good luck and congrats on your car!

11:26 am  
Blogger Sophie said...

So we found that the state "countrylink" price was actually only $40 for the two of us, as opposed to Greyhound $120! But just when we had decided to take the bus- it turned out there were no buses on Saturdays.
So! we drove to Glen Innes and tried to hitchhike for a while- but it was very cold and a bit rainy and no-on would even look at us let alone stop!
So we drove all the way! And then drove two cars back.
Oh well.
No Sydney for us yet Bulanjdjan.

4:19 pm  
Blogger bulanjdjan said...

Still in Armidale? I imagine being close to uni is good for writing.

6:40 pm  

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