May 25, 2007

Taking a little trip this weekend, back Monday

Off to see the sights (and some insanely overpriced real estate) in Zurich, Geneva and Milan the next few days... I'll pop into an internet cafe to do comments, but it'll be a bit slow.

Post articles (use tinyurl), youtube videos or random thoughts that I should write about when I get back.




19 comments:

Anonymous said...

How's that CIA or MI6 job paying you? Is there any good money in that? At least you get to travel a lot, under the cover of an "American blogger." *wink wink*

Anonymous said...

Can you use "forever stamps" as currency? That's what I bought instead of gold.

Anonymous said...

Topic: Prozac, look into it.

It has helped millions of people and can probably cure your depression as well.

wingnut said...

Future historians will refer to this time as the 0/0 era. Billions of people buying stuff they didn't need using "money" they didn't earn.

Mark in San Diego/Zurich said...

Keith,

The internet cafe in old town Zurich - right on Neiderhoff (a large game parlor) is very fast - I used to use it before I carried my laptop. I can usually find a WiFi spot - there is a Wifi in the New York Cafe (right off Central tram stop) on Stamphenbachplatz. . .they have free WiFi if you buy a coke or something. . .have a good time. . .

Affordable Italian food at Molino - near the Limat River at Bellvue. . .right off the #4 tram line. . . have a great visit. . .

Anonymous said...

BWA HA HA!! Zurich, sure why not. The closest you $8 an hour slobs will ever get to Zurich is watching The Sound of Music on the 13" b&w tv situated in the corner of the ghetto 1 bed/1bath apartment.

Zurich....priceless. Toledo would have been more credible.

Anonymous said...

Toledo, Ohoio not Spain

Anonymous said...

Any city which has good low-oil infrastructure, strong but honest police, gold-backed currency, and especially isn't an islamic thermonuclear target might not be that overvalued.

FlyingMonkeyWarrior said...

Can you use "forever stamps" as currency? That's what I bought instead of gold.
------------------lol

Anonymous said...

I recommend the homeless shelter there, it's remarkably clean and they are the politest hobos I've ever met.

Keith you lucky bastard! said...

If you are taking travel requests to check out insanely expensive RE can you check out Monaco for us sometime.

We can dream can't we?

keith said...

mark i found the net cafe worked out great

last night dinner bill, decent place on the river across from the two clock towers

10cl of house wine ^6 dollars each, so thats about 18 dollars for a regular glass

side salad 10 dollars

tiny little steak over mushy rice 40 dollars

diet coke this morning at the hotel 6 dollars

our money is worthless folks. people in the us may be feeling rich as house prices went up and stock prices went up, but what did stocks or houses do in comparisons to francs, euros or gold? thats what you should ask yourself yet nobody does

want to find out? come get a cup of coffee in europe

our money is no good here.

too bad... great place to live if you could afford it

dude said...

just a note: coffee and almost everything is much more expensive in europe than in the us, regardless of echange rate.
a levis jeans is 80€, more than 100$ in europe, same one is 30-40 bucks in the us.

Anonymous said...

if our money is no good in europe, then surely it can be said that it is no good here. therefore, how does this game keep going? for those kinds of prices, i think the restaurants in this country would go broke. but i believe what you are seeing there will be here and soon, i am afraid...interesting.....of course no one that i know of has said a damn thing about american tourist dollars in europe...all is quiet.........hmmm..let us skake out a few more sheep for the shearing before we begin the process shall we?

Anonymous said...

prozac creates potent grey water...

Anonymous said...

"a levis jeans is 80€, more than 100$ in europe, same one is 30-40 bucks in the us."

For some bizarre reason Europeans have a fascination for American Levi's. When I lived in Paris, every French person I met asked me if I could bring some Levi's from the US. It wasn't just about the lower price, but also the higher quality.

Regarding the weak dollar, it's cheaper to drink wine than drink mineral water in Europe, have you noticed Keith? If you think that London or Switzerland are expensive, check the prices in Paris. That's a freaking expensive city!

Mark in San Diego said...

Keith - why do you think I opened a Swiss account years ago - when the CHF was still about 72 cents on the dollar. . .problem is, the money will run out soon with my twice yearly stays. . .oh well. . .enjoy Zurich.

Anonymous said...

Little piece of advice: With US$2 million in liquid assets, anyone can get a Swiss citizenship and pay no taxes. That's why several well paid athletes and celebs, like F-1 race car driver Fernando Alonso, opt for getting a Swiss citizenship to avoid taxes. It's a great tax strategy.

Anonymous said...

I was in Switzerland in 1997 and remember a Coke was $5. Now it's $6. Wow, 12% increase in 10 years.