Compared to gold, yes bitcoins are easy enough to get ahold of. Compared to paypal or credit cards using FRNs, not so easy. I have no doubt the situation will improve as the market penatration improves, but the lack of local traders still inhibits the usibility of bitcoins. The same could be said for just about any other form of 'foreign' currency, though. Bitcoins are probably easier for an American to aquire than Euros, and with a lower margin.
Nothing worth doing is easy, either.