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  1. When I lived in Europe, 80-90s, I can remember paying the equivalent of $95 -$100 for a tank of gas. I didn’t have an economical car at the time, but still, it was absurd. Add that to all of the highway tolls and fees and travel by car was quite expensive even then. But as you say, without a car you can’t get to where you want to go. Perhaps take someone with you in the car. That amortizes the cost.

  2. Yep. These numbers change CONSTANTLY. And there doesn’t seem to be one good source the tracks and aggregates the data in realtime.

    GasBuddy does in real time, but just for North America.

  3. I filled up for the first time in three weeks yesterday – my commute is only five miles but there is no public transportation at all in this county – and realized that gas is suddenly non-trivial and to be accounted for in the budget. It was $40 – the most I’ve ever paid for a tank of gas and it is only going to go up. I’m beginning to think about moving to walking distance of campus or alternate transportation but there are no bike paths or even bike lanes on the county roads – it isn’t safe to ride here.

  4. Garry regularly pays A$80+ to fill up his Holden Commodore, which would probably be the same for my Honda Accord, if I ever filled it in one go (I have a A$40 psychological limit to what I will pay for fuel).

    It’s a shock when I think of what we paid in the early 1970s – I remember when the boys’ father was pleased to be able to get gas at 28cents/gallon at Fort Harrison ( Indianapolis ), which was a savings on the usual 33cents/gallon price!

    Hope you enjoy the UK trip, however you get there…

  5. And, we complain about the price of gas. We are so lucky. I am so thankful I’m not driving to Portland everyday anymore (100 RT, at least 2 hrs). Will say, though, that I enjoyed my audiobooks. But, now I can listen to them gardening or walking.
    Hope its spring there, too!

  6. We are up to about $3.60 a gallon here. I think of Europe and Canada and tell myself to stop whining.

    PS I am still relieved that my Prius is getting 45-50 mpg.

  7. I can remember when we use to say,”Before you know it, bread will be a $ a loaf..”.if only the primary producers got a fair share!

  8. Yep and here we think that gas/petrol in the US is cheap – yesterday ours was $1.46 down from $1.48 last week – and it can be as high as $1.63 in some rural areas and even more in “the outback”. Guess it is more expensive in some rural areas of the US too though.
    If you have to travel it is bad news – but how many (a) hop in a car and go a short distance without thinking about it when they really do not need to do it or (b) could use public transport if they got up a little earlier and then read/knit/learn a language etc. (I have always loved the true story of the Italian language class on the Brighton-to-London commuter train. It makes a virtue out of a necessity.)

  9. Agree about the price of gasoline in your previous e-mail – we have been
    paying over £50 for a tankful for some time now. It is a huge amount of
    money just to be able to drive 350 miles. Public transport fares are just
    as bad – I was at the train station yesterday and the price of a standard
    return to London is £199 (although there are some special offers available
    which are better, as long as you can plan ahead).

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