Category Archives: Economics

“How can you afford to travel so much?”

I get this question so often that I could launch into a speech explaining that traveling doesn’t need to cost much. In my case, I actually save money by traveling because I can live more cheaply in most countries than I could if … Continue reading

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Is Romania a Third-World Country?

No, of course it is not. But one could be lead to believe so, looking at the list of projects carried out by an organization that donates shoes to poor children. Besides Cambodia, Laos, Nicaragua and Timor-Leste, they have a project in … Continue reading

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Easily Confused (56) Water

Where we find water: on Mars, between 34 and 250 million miles away Where we can’t provide safe drinking water to around 750 million people: our own planet Sorry, poor people, but this whole space thing is much more exciting.

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Brazil is becoming more affordable

You know that a country is going through an economic crisis when your friends from Brazil don’t begin their days by posting photos of their morning coffee, but by commenting on the exchange rate between the Brazilian real and the US … Continue reading

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Modern Mecca

Is it still the Kaaba (the black box in the arena) which is supposed to be the holiest site in the world, or has Mecca just become another place to worship dollars and riyals (and a copy of Big Ben)?

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Why Eastern Europe cannot accept more Refugees

Dear Western Europe, it seems you are in sulk about our unwillingness to accept more any refugees. It hurts us to hurt your feelings, so please allow us to explain things from an Eastern European perspective. We are certain you that … Continue reading

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A polite coffee

At a café in Sibiu, Romania: One coffee – 6 lei One coffee please – 3 lei Good morning, one coffee please – 2 lei Polite, as I always am, I get a really good deal here. 2 lei are 50 US-cents.

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