In our globalized world of today there are many fascinating facets of daily life that we can experience, thanks to the internet! Well, although not in the real sense, but the mere fact that we can read, hear and watch news and happenings from every corner of the globe, via all the available tools in the digital space is… BREATHTAKING, to say the least!
Take the economy, well… make it the global economy, and how everything is interlinked. In particularly THE VALUE OF MONEY!
I stumbled upon an interesting piece in Lonely Planet, entitled “WHAT $1 BUYS AROUND THE WORLD“, and it’s an insightful look at the difference that a $1 can make. While in the daily life of an American a dollar probably equates to the Dollar Menu at McDonald’s (and other fast food restaurants), in some countries it’s what one survives on for an entire day!
So read on and you’ll understand why. PS: all the information was gathered through a Facebook survey that Lonely Planet conducted. The many wonders of Social Media!:
The Philippines: a $1 buys you a haircut, 45 kikiam (fried fish) or 9 lumpias (veggie spring rolls), among others. ~ Contemporary Nomad
Chester, England: US$1 (63 pence) gets me half a loaf of bread. As for Philippines, one of the best things you can get with $1 is a big bag of sweets to keep in your backpack, to hand out to kids. ~ James
Vienna, Austria: a dollar would buy you a freshly baked Kornspitz (a kind of bread roll), but wouldn’t be enough for a salty pickle from a street market or a short-distance public transport ticket. However, with the change from that Kornspitz, you can visit the museum of applied art (MAK) on a Saturday since it’s free of charge. ~ Dilyan
Nepal: you can get momo (ten units of dumpling) and a 250ml of coke. ~ Niraj
The UK: 60 pence buys you about 3/4 litre of milk, half a litre of petrol/diesel for your car, 2 cigarettes (that’s two single ones, not a packet), 3 apples, 2 days supply of the Sun tabloid newspaper, a small portion of fries from Maccy D’s or a can of coke from my office vending machine. ~ Alex
Denmark: you can get a litre of milk, a ciabatta bun in the Godthaabsvej Bakery, a stamp for a postcard/letter with receiver in Denmark, a cucumber or maybe a chocolate bar. 1 dollar = 5,5 danish kroner ~ Sandra
Jakarta, Indonesia: a dollar buys you a plate of nasi bungkus (mixed rice), or gado gado (salad with peanut sauce) at a street-side food vendor, 2 packs of kretek (clove cigarettes), or a one way busway (Jakarta’s bus system with dedicated lanes) ticket. ~ Dian
Chiang Mai, Thailand: The question is, what can’t you get in Chiang Mai for US$1? Street food doesn’t usually cost more than that. I even get a cooked to order vegetarian lunch delivered to my office everyday for that price. ~ Sheila
Egypt: you could buy a koshary plate which is an Egyptian dish which basically includes spaghetti, rice, lentil and fried onions on the top. Another choice would be about ten Fool (beans) sandwiches maybe even some falafel or in other parts of Cairo just a donut. ~ Aly
India: 1USD = around 50 Indian Rupees which can get you a hearty meal of boiled rice, dal, vegetables, pickles, chutney and papads in a Kolkata ‘basa’ …and it’s usually eat as much as you want! ~ Priyanka
Inspiration: Lonely Planet