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MOVING TO EUROPE OR TO THE JUNGLE?

From Paris. Given the scrawny dollar and the robust European prices, moving to Europe now is like moving to the jungle. I arrive in Europe, where we have been living one semester a year lately, plus taking many short trips, with suitcases half full with rice, nuts, raisins, oatmeal, beans, toothpaste, Vaseline… and tools... and every conceivable office supply… Clothes? In a pinch, in some of the little Arab shops outside of Paris, the same silk and cashmere sweater that costs 5 Euros, in Paris costs 200 Euros. Everything is made with supplies from, or made in China, anyway. Ironically, though I regularly run into Europeans who tell me they had been in the US on a shopping trip, I read that Americans are cutting down on their shopping.

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