One of the strangest things about living way out in rural Okieland having come from the UK, is the total lack of taxi's!!
Since I arrived here nearly 3 years ago, I have only ever seen a lone taxi within the surrounding 3 counties and it's a rare sight. It's based in the nearest large town and I have only ever seen it there, never out our way. And consider there is also absolutely zero public transportation available out here.
It's just downright wierd for an expat used to seeing taxi's, buses and trains people actually ride on, all day everyday. It's also a big problem if you don't drive or no longer can, as is the case with many of the elderly here. They are quite literally stuck depending on the goodwill of family or neighbours to get groceries or keep appointments.
Prior to living here I had used taxi's or public transport all the time to get around. The UK has a whole interlinked public transportation system and this is then supplemented by private taxi's as well.
This week I was without my car for a few days and this really made me realise how reliant we all are on them out here in the 'boonies'. I realise it's because of where I live and this is not the norm' for most of you here in the US.
But who knew that one day I'd be excited by the sight of a taxi!!