Broke-Ass Porn: Foreign Money

Once a week we present Broke-Ass Porn.  It’s visually stimulating material for the financially impaired.  If this shit doesn’t get you going, you’re not as broke as you thought:

photo from Boston.com

There have been a couple posts on this site regarding travel tips.  And truthfully, just reading and/or writing them make me wish I was on the road again.  My favorite thing in life is traveling and exploring new places I’ve never been, especially places where the dollar kicks ass.

A few years ago I spent some time in Argentina.  I’m pretty sure it was the closest I’ll ever come to living like a rock star.  The peso to dollar ratio was 3 to 1, so I ate great, I drank great, and I stayed out all night long. In fact you should read some of my blogs about it.  They are here and here.  They’re pretty fucking funny.

When you travel, foreign currency is just that: foreign.  And because of this it can often feel like spending Monopoly money.  It’s a crazy thing to be handling bills with numbers like 500 or 1,000 on them.  I remember being in Prague back in 2001, before 9/11 and before the American dollar went to shit.  I felt like I was Jay-Z.   I was like, “Who the fuck wants a drink?!?  I’M BUYING MOTHERFUCKERS!!!”.  The dollar was so strong then that each beer was like $0.25.

Now I know some of you sourpuss motherfuckers are gonna be like, “Blah blah blah American Imperialism.  Blah blah blah Rich Country.  Blah blah blah spoiled Americans throwing money around.”  Yeah dude, I get it.  I’m just saying that every once in awhile having the feeling that you can actually afford to buy the things that you want, is a pretty amazing thing indeed.

Ok, I’m done rambling so now it’s your turn.  What are some of your favorite memories of being in a foreign country and feeling like you are suddenly a rich person?

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Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap

I've been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle , "an SF cult hero": SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York, but to those familiar with my work, I'm just "that douchebag who writes books about cheap stuff and drinks a lot".

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  1. David says:

    Speaking of American imperialism… Being a millionaire in Vietnam (USD1 = 25,000 dong at the time.

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