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We're back!

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Hey everyone! Synthia and I made it back two days ago. The plane ride was awful. I swear from Greece to Jersey took 2 hours longer on the way back. And our travels through the airport made the whole trip complicated and tiring. But thank God we made it back and don't really have jet lag. We get tired a little earlier than normal and wake up a bit earlier, but overall, we are doing fine.

I wanted to comment on gas in Lebanon. Here we sell it by the gallon, so I assumed that Lebanon would sell it by the liter. But that is not so. It is priced by the tank. I couldn't get anyone to properly explain it to me. It is the equivalent to 3 gallons, I think. Or 4. No one really knew. I really just wanted to know what the price difference was and my uncle explained to me that it was about double the price of the states. Well, double Houston's prices, probably the same as California.

Also, it is all full service. You just pull up tell them how much you want and they do it for you. They also clean the windows. :) It was good. You don't even have to tip them! How awesome is that?

One more thing about gas, the prices are set by the government. Every single gas station in Lebanon has the same price for gas. That was interesting. So people wouldn't shop around for the lowest price, they just take whatever station they knew best. Usually they would somehow be related to the owner.

Money is also different. Although it is rumored that you can use American dollars wherever you are, most still use the Lebanese lira. If you follow money at all (i dont) you probably know that most different currencies, like the euro change in respect to the USD. But Lebanon has set its Lira to be exactly lined up with the dollar. So where the euro to dollar conversion may change daily, the lira to dollar conversion is always the same. 1500 liras is equal to 1 US dollar. I wonder why they dont just make it 1 lira to 1 dollar, but i am sure there is some economic principle beyond my understanding. It's all good.

Well, thats all folks

serge

Posted by serj n syn 13:17 Archived in USA Tagged living_abroad

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