Living in the U.S., it's relatively easy to buy Lego. They're available in numerous stores from Toys R Us to WalMart (though curiously when I was in college the WalMart did not stock any Lego) to the Lego Store in many malls as well as online from numerous sites including Lego's own Shop-At-Home. Such is not the case everywhere in the world and I thought it'd be interesting to hear some of the trials faced by Lego collectors to secure the object of their obsession.
How available is Lego where you live? How is the variety and how much is dependent upon Lego's own decision to make it available and the range of stock sold by outlets carrying Lego? What, if any, extraordinary measures have you gone through, regularly or not, to secure sets?