MOVING TO EUROPE OR TO THE JUNGLE?
December 1, 2008
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.