Our Pandemic Baby – We Bought a Vespa
We had been talking about exploring car alternatives for a long time but outside living in a major city, being a one car household was unthinkable. It is no surprise that Europe is one of our absolute favorite places. One thing that always imprinted on us was the versatility of transportation and the utilization of motor scooters.
While we never rode one, they always looked like a fun, cool, and efficient way to get around. We would float the idea of owning one back home – we live very close to town and to Kevin’s work which combine half of our driving – so it was not completely out of the realm of possibility. But we always had two cars and everyone we knew also always had two cars so the idea of downsizing to one vehicle to the add a Vespa really never landed.
The pandemic sparked a lot of change – both good and bad – in almost everyone’s lives and it certainly gave us time to reflect. Kevin and I were work from home for the large majority of a year. Once the vaccine was available, I began commuting again every day to the vaccine centers but Kevin continued to stay home.
We are fortunate to live in a very fun and functional spot where we can access many locations – such as downtown Princeton – without getting on a highway. Even Kevin’s commute to work does not require touching a highway – just two back roads. The train station to NYC as well as the farmer’s market and even Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s – all accessible without the highway.
If there was every going to be a time to downsize to one car, it would be now. After making the move to one vehicle, we did a lot of research on the Vespa before pulling the trigger (thank you, Robot).