Here’s an article from the UK Independent about living in the United States that caught my attention. Perhaps I was susceptible because of yesterday’s post of the Time article on this subject.
Many that read this article will be surprised by the story it tells. I was surprised by only one aspect: the cost. On reading the headline, I expected this to be about cheap accommodation.
The article states that a motel room of the lowest quality in a terrible location—slightly better than living in a car or in a box under a bridge—costs $150 a week. In old math, that means that one month costs $600. Using an exchange rate of 1.3, the cost is roughly €450. (For all those without a passport, that’s a euro sign. A euro is the currency of Europe, which is across the Atlantic. The Atlantic is the big blue bit to the right of the United States on world maps. A map is...)
To put the price of this hovel into perspective, Number One Son rents an apartment in the Frankfurt. It is a few blocks to the street where shops of the world’s most-expensive labels entice Russians to leave large sums of money. He pays significantly less for a one room apartment (with kitchen, bath, and vestibule, outfitted with parquet floors and offering a panoramic view of the skyline). Such an apartment would cost even less in the suburbs.
My conclusion is that quality of life in Germany is better and it costs less for a place to sleep and collect junk. Just don’t ask me about taxes...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.