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Broke-Ass Porn: Foreign Money

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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:

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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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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website BrokeAssStuart.com is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, Geek.com and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle , "an SF cult hero": SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.

3 Comments

  1. David
    November 7, 2009 at 4:17 pm

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

  2. That’s a lot of dong.