What to do about a car? So far we’ve been content to walk or take the bus, but this is clearly a car city. We’ve been debating ourselves about it and are not closer than when we started.

Why we’d want it:

  • Take the boy to school/Roy to work.
  • Shopping.
  • For weekend trips, and the nearest rental agency doesn’t seem very near.
  • Saturdays and on the many (many) holidays, the buses don’t start running until some time in the afternoon.
  • Everything would be a little faster which would give us more time to enjoy being in Haifa

Why we don’t want it:

  • ₪ (shekels)
  • I really don’t want to crash.
  • Gasoline, insurance, taxes, hassles.

Our apartment is within a 30-minute walk to the Technion when the boy is with me, but our neighborhood itself is not that pedestrian-friendly, sort of a subdivision off of a four-lane street. (Update: I just found a secret shortcut that bypasses most of the busy street, which helps significantly. SEB)

A friend’s husband made a suggestion. Some companies lease cars for three years, but then the employee leaves, and they’re stuck with the lease, which they sublet for less money. He offered to look into it, and called us on Friday to say he could get us a Mazda 3 for less money than we expected, but more than we wanted. We balked and said we weren’t ready to get a car yet.

Then Saturday arrived, and we wanted to do something, but the buses don’t start running until the afternoon, and we started thinking, “Wow, that’s why we need a car.” We wanted to go to Wadi Nisnas, an Arab Christian neighborhood in the center of the city. We took a cab. The cab cost about $12. After lunch, we walked over to the Madatech, the technology museum. By the time we were done for the afternoon and ready to head home, the buses were running again. By the end of the day, we were back to thinking we didn’t need a car after all. At that rate, it would be much cheaper to take cabs every so often and we wouldn’t have wanted to deal with parking in Wadi Nisnas anyway. The debate continues.