Last night, on my way back from a Berlinale film, I missed the U2 at Alexanderplatz by 30 seconds.
Faced with a 15-minute wait for the next train, I made the rational decision that I could afford a taxi, and so I went to find one.
I will readily admit that I had not examined [...]
A week or so ago I got my first 2€ coin that celebrates 10 years of the Euro.
ECB's info on this special coin.
I have to say that I cannot help but wonder if this is, indeed, the moment to be celebrating the Euro.
That said, I do believe this might be the [...]
It was just the other day when I was standing in a queue, I was behind some woman who pulled out a really skanky baggie with coins and I thought to myself, “can’t she afford a new coin purse?”
And then I realized that my wallet was positively ancient.
A long time ago I [...]
Well, not really rich—but the good news, at least for me, is that my bank account is sufficiently above zero that I feel comfortable.
And I’ve done some shopping already:
DSL/Landline Service: I’ve ordered phone service for home, including DSL that is, in theory, 8 times faster than what I had in Weimar. It should [...]
Some how I am going to survive August – and thanks to a bit of random luck, I’m even going to get bookcases this month!
Over lunch today I sat down with my Ikea shopping list and priced out the items from my “need” list—the light for my dining table and bedside lamp, along with [...]
I realize it’s only August 9th, but I’m already out of money for the month because I’ve moved.
Because I had to move twice (first into a temporary apartment and then into my real apartment) I ended up spending a lot more than I previously allotted for moving—neither move, individually was expensive: Think fifth floor [...]
Kiva Loan: My first Kiva loan was paid off! Investing in a liquor store meant that the $25 I invested has been fully paid off. I’ve invested it in someone riskier this time: Anderson Cristaldo, a 21 year old salesman in Paraguay. He’s cute, he’s young, and I was the first person to loan him [...]
As I was cleaning, both at home and at work, I found a lot of my spare, leftover, change from my travels—a grand total of 44.75€ in total. The dominate source: the States with 17.09€.
I used to go out of my way to get rid of my excess currency as I left the country [...]
I’m now in Paris for a few days—the first time I have ever spent more than 22 hours in the city.
I took the RER down from CDG to Paris; after exiting the train and going up the stairs I passed a young couple snogging in the station. A closer couple with clothing you could [...]