A happy man

It’s right after midnight when the landscape becomes hillier and the road starts to slope up and down. Half an hour earlier, we drove across the George Washington Bridge. On both sides of the road I see woods that seem dense in the dark, although I can’t determine the type of trees. Continue reading

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Lessons from Africa for the Eurozone

Economists agree that countries should only have a monetary union if there is also a fiscal, economic, and political union. If you have a single currency, governments cannot print money to cover their debts, nor can they devalue their currency to regain competitiveness. Arguably, the EMU and European Union are unions with economic, political, and even fiscal elements. They, however, miserably fail to offer the necessary mechanisms to compensate for not having monetary sovereignty. Continue reading

Some surprising things about the U.S. you only notice when you travel there

About 6 weeks ago I moved from the Netherlands to the U.S. Ever since I’ve had a great time living my American Dream. While making a couple of awesome road trips, organising our upcoming wedding, and decorating our new apartment I came across a few things truly American I didn’t know about, despite dating an American girlfriend for a couple of years. Continue reading

Why Greece must leave the Eurozone

Greece must leave the Eurozone. The only alternative would be to set a lethal precedent of using a public referendum as a strategic negotiation tool. It would blow up the Eurozone as it critically offends Spanish, Italian, German, and Latvian electorates. Leaving the Eurozone would finally put the power with the people, where it belongs, and enable the Greek people to decide what their story for the future will be. Continue reading

Tips for a Cheap Road Trip

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In the past I have had great fun making a number of road trips. In Europe, a three-week trip took me through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands. In the U.S. I took two one-week road trips in the U.S., one by myself and one with Sarah. The best part of it was that these trips weren’t even all that expensive!

I’d like to share some of the ways in which I managed to save costs on 4 areas: driving, eating, sleeping, and getting discounts. Continue reading