Thursday, May 29, 2008

COLA Watch (a.k.a. "Food!!!!!")

If I didn't include the source, would you guess this was written by a member of the U.S. foreign service, or by a third-world expat posted in the U.S. or Europe?

Interesting/fun things to do: Travel out of the EU to save money.

What is the availability of groceries and household supplies? EXPENSIVE!!!!

Do you have any recommendations regarding cell phones? Expensive.

Availability and cost of domestic help: Expensive.

Is high speed internet access available? Cost? Good but expensive.

Morale among expats: Terrible.

Can you save money? No way!

Knowing what you now know, would you still go there? No.

Items you would ship if you could do it again? FOOD!!!!!

Post report from U.S. Embassy, Vienna, May 2008


Anonymous Kilfarsnar said...

Wow, the dollar has really dropped against the Euro, eh? This post seems pretty stark though. How much do these folks get paid?

5/29/2008 9:51 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Seems like a whiner who has no idea how to live in Europe, sadly a profile pretty typical among the provincial rejects working in our Foreign Service. I was working in Germany all last spring. It's not cheap sure, but it's not that crazy, at least not compared to London. How much food does this person eat? My US friends in Milan last year were paying 8 Euros an hour for a cleaning lady - in Boston we pay $20/hr so even with the dollar dropping domestic help doesn't seem to be that much worse in Europe. And while pay isn't great in the foreign service I'd guess it's still above the EU median, and the tax burden is lower. Cry me a river.

5/29/2008 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell, I'll trade places with this putz. Vienna is a beautiful, fun place.

5/29/2008 12:34 PM  
Anonymous JackofAllTirades said...

I lived abroad as a student in Vienna from 1987 to 1988 when the dollar was at a post WWII low. I also honeymooned there with my wife 5 years later.

I have to say, this Expat sounds like a putz. I dream of going back to Vienna - it's one of the most beautiful, historical, safe, pedestrian and cyclist friendly cities in all of Europe.

I gave English lessons to supplement the money I had set aside. I'd gladly trade places with him.


5/29/2008 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what you get when you send xenophobic right wing nuts to an overseas post.
They approach living abroad like they approach foreign policy, if it ain't American', it ani't no good

5/30/2008 11:43 AM  
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It could be written by an European man because how the euro is above dollar it could be the result of his words in here.

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