As you may already have heard, one of the things I loved most about living in Berlin was not having a car. Berlin’s public transportation system is the best I’ve ever used (okay, maybe it ties with Zurich’s), and we gleefully explored the city–and well beyond—by foot, bus, subway and train during our year in Germany.
We loved our live without a car so much that when we first began contemplating a move to the DC area last year, our very highest priority was finding a neighborhood that would allow us to move back to the US without having to buy a new one. Luckily for us, the neighborhood we chose offers up everything we were looking for: easily walkable commutes to work and school, two grocery stores (and even a Trader Joe’s!) within a mile, the best library ever only a few blocks away, plus, of course, the incredible convenience of nearby Metro and bus stops that allow us to keep up with all that exploring we’re so fond of.
Though there have been a few times we’ve missed the freedom of spontaneous drives over to a friend’s house or (okay, now the truth comes out) to the Wegmans a newly daunting 16.1 miles away, we do have the option of rental cars (not to mention ZipCars just down the street) and yet we’ve only made that choice two or three times so far. (Yes, the first was for a trip to our beloved Weggies.)
I’m not sure what we’ll do when it’s time to leave Arlington someday, but for now I’m happy (and a bit proud) to say that we’ve been (mostly) blissfully car-free for twenty-four months and counting…