Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Price is Not so Right

As I have mentioned before, the cost of living in Geneva is simply outrageous. Since we re-located from another expensive city in London, I did not think the difference would be too extreme. Wow, I was wrong. Below is a list of some common item/services and their price (US dollars) in Geneva. There is a reason why people who live in Geneva drive to France for groceries and haircuts! Let’s just say that when I am in the States for Thanksgiving, I will be bringing an empty suitcase to fill up from one major shopping spree.

Men’s haircut- minimum $40.00
Manicure- $55.00
McDonald’s Value meal- $13.50
Ski Pants- $450.00
1 small frozen pizza- $8.00
1 beer at a local bar- $9.00
Meal for two at a basic Italian restaurant- minimum of $75.00

Don’t get me wrong, not everything is ridiculously overpriced. Wine, public transportation and rent are a few of things that seem to be about the same as in London. I guess if all else fails and we find ourselves digging in our pockets for coins, we will just pick up a bottle of wine and ride the bus around for entertainment!

Au Revoir

4 comments:

Curly said...

Switzerland

Men’s haircut- minimum $40.00
Manicure- $55.00
McDonald’s Value meal- $13.50
Ski Pants- $450.00
1 small frozen pizza- $8.00
1 beer at a local bar- $9.00
Meal for two at a basic Italian restaurant- minimum of $75.00

Ecuador

Men´s haircut. Not sure but i imagine the same as a womens haircut is about 2 dollars

Manicure. 3 bucks and on the coast they do a damn good job and make all kinds of pretty designs on your feet and hands!

McDonalds Value Meal- if you are lucky to be in Quito to eat at it around 2 bucks

Ski pants- skiing, what is that?

1 small frozen pizza- people don´t eat anything prepared and frozen.

1 beer at a local bar- 1 buck!

Meal for two at a basic Italian Restaurant. humm. i have not real seen any decent Italian restaurants.

a replacement tank of gas (which i bought today) i use to cook with. $2.50 and that tank will probably last me a good 8 months!

Jennifer said...

Having your whole family together for thanksgiving...priceless

Jennifer said...

Having your whole family together for thanksgiving...pricelessaa

peter said...

That's it, I'm opening up a COSTCO over there!