I sold the old Bugaboo and got about 80% of the cost back. Hooray!
Then I bought a Phil and Ted Sport. It is really awesome because it fits both kids without being a wide load. It looks like this:
We love it. We also love having something small and compact.
So now we are car shopping. In Manila we had a Honda CR-V that we bought and sold for the same price. It was great (although it was an Asian model so it lacked heat and had nine seats, seriously, nine for some kind of Oompa Loompa size people because there was no way you could fit nine American size adults).
Our plan is to buy a car at next post because I just don't have six weeks to wait around for a car to be shipped. Its a bad way to start off your tour. So, we are going to buy a car in DC and sell it in nine months.
And so we thought we would buy this car:
Oolala the sleek Honda CR-V!
But it is DC, and everything is crowded and urban and parking spots are small. And I secretly want this car:
Of course that is crazy talk. I have two small kids in car seats, strollers, kid junk that must be carried to all locations. There is just no possible way.
We went to the dealer and put our stroller in. It fit better than this picture (this is a double wide load not our stroller). And there was room for me to put some groceries.
And here are my other justifications:
- The Mini-Cooper Clubman retains its value better than any vehicle on the market. Meaning: if we buy one we should be able to sell it close to what we bought it for in nine months.
- It is amazing on gas
- If we decide to change our mind and ship it to Belgium it shouldn't be too difficult to have it meet European regulations since it was born in England.
- Its really cool
But then again, I really like the space and feeling of the CR-V.
I think perhaps my dream of having two small kids in a very small wagon is silly. But a girl can dream right?
Advice is solicited here. Feel free to comment away about my irrational car desires and give me some darn good practical advice.