France is Expensive. I have not yet been to a more costly country on the planet. I cannot comprehend how people can live here, let alone travel. I live and wander as a pauper who goes in the guise of a king. Here, I am only a pauper. . . like everybody else.
An item that could go for two dollars in the USA fetches five here. A forty minute train ride costs $12, a fifteen minute cab journey will costs $45, a cheap beer in a bar- $5, a hotdog- $5.50, entrance fee to an archaeology site- $15. I cannot report here how much a meal in a restaurant will costs, as I have not had the balls to try one; nor can I tell you how much any recreational activity will run, as I have just been absconding in the home of my Chilean friends in Anduze. But I can tell you that it will be expensive- everything is. The cost of living in France is absurd.
Usually, staying with friends and in people’s homes is a sure way to travel the world cheaply. But here in France I am graciously taking free hospitality while, at the same time, dropping more money than I ever had in any country on this planet.
France is not for travelers. France is not for the working class. France is not for anyone.
My friend Sergio is making $6,000 a month, and he still cannot make ends meet.
I bought a round of beers for myself and two friends and dropped nearly thirty dollars.
Thirty dollars is two to three days of travel almost anywhere in the world- Gone in the time it takes to empty a pint.
I am in disbelief.
Come here with pockets the weighted down with lead . . .
Leave here as light and poor as a bird.
France is Expensive.
Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
December 11, 2007