Traveling Spain & Greece On A Pauper’s Dime With A Purpose

Was it once real?

The wife scored a good B on her three tests yesterday. She will take two more today. B is not the best of grades in grad school, but its certainly not the worst. She anticipates doing much better today. She certainly studied enough last night, until the twelfth striking in the Villa de Mayor.

I have had my own successes. I have an old Bookrix account, with several uploaded books refused for the sales label, and consequently were never published. I cleaned these up. Now all of my works are listed for sales.

In most cases I was asked to simply drop the price. In others, it was my own cover that didn’t cut it, so I allowed them to make one for me at no cost. I also updated my author page with them. I included a link to my Booksie page, and back to this one. I changed my profile photograph. I also began writing my own autobiographical e-book in my Bookrix account. Be sure to check it out when you can find the time! I will be writing daily in it for some time to come. There is much to speak of in my life.

I am still seeking to land a teaching contract here for next year. I haven’t had success as of yet. Bus tickets to any town outside of Salamanca here are at least 40 euros, there and back, if the place has any tourist appeal, or potential to have. There are a few places that list tickets for 20 euros, but when I investigated through google, there was not much to be seen there in my opinion. The 20 euros in my hand was worth more than I could have gained from going to these places.

What I find on google in regard to all of these places in Spain is pretty much the truth, once I travel there. That being said I feel blessed for all of the experiences I have had. I know people with far better finances than I, but have seldom left their home area. I, on the other hand, virtually live on the road. It has barely been two months since I sailed on a cruise boat for five days to Cozumel, Mexico, and Grand Cayman island. The wife and I had a blast. Now we are in Spain, and have been for over a month now.

I needed to exchange some dollars for euros. I had $260.00 American dollars. I went to the currency exchange booth in the Plaza de Mayor here in Salamanca. I had checked it out on my computer prior. I knew that I would lose $30.00 . That narrowed my money down to $230.00 . I figured the exchange rate would be 10, maybe 20 dollars, fair enough, right? Boy was I wrong! That greedy pig wanted to take 45 more dollars for the exchange fee. Had I followed through, I would have literally lost one third of my cash traveling money remaining for my time out. I still have 2 more weeks here, and then three days in Santorini, Greece.

I still have not solved this problem yet. I read where the banks have the best rates. I am going to see if the wife will take $260.00 for 230.00 euros, since this trip is winding down. If she would only give me 40 euros for $50.00 I would be fairly pleased for the time being. The moral of this story is to get all of your money changed before leaving out. Its difficult to do, but try to prefigure all that you will need. The air ports have the best rates, so I have found out thus far. I didn’t anticipate such ridiculous exchange rates, but at least you know right here from the horses mouth.

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