Financial Friday 17

Location: Ankara, Turkey

Let’s see what I spent this week….


I stayed in the same city all week so there isn’t much here. On Sunday, I wandered around the city with a friend I made from Russia. We took the metro twice: $0.71 per trip, and a local bus once: $0.65. Normally, I walk everywhere as I have time and don’t mind the exercise, but this time I decided to be nice to my travel companion for the day.


I stayed at the same hostel the whole time. The second group of numbers is considerably less expensive. I’m pretty sure Hostelworld’s cut isn’t that large so I’m going to attribute this to [mostly] a favorable move (for me) in exchange rates. When I first got to Turkey, it was almost exactly 4:1 Turkish Lira:USD. The last time I pulled money out it was 4.4:1. Thanks Turkish economy for struggling?


I ate out a lot and got groceries on Friday so that bill looks quite a bit higher than the rest. The zero days are where I just ate groceries from previous shopping. When ‘cooking’, my diet has consisted of mostly pasta, cereal, some fruit, and bread with tahini.


Insanely expensive travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

On Saturday, I went to the Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi (Museum of Anatolian Civilizations): $4.59. It covered from the beginning of human settlement on the Anatolian Peninsula (11,000 BC) to around the 1600s. I thought it was pretty interesting. My favorite piece was a stone statue roughly twice as tall as a modern human.

On Monday, I topped up my mobile data plan: $25. It’s expensive for Turkey, but it’s far easier than getting a local SIM. Not speaking Turkish, it’s been hard enough trying to order food; I can’t imagine what it would be like at a mobile phone store.


Week 17
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0 0 2.07 0 0 0 0 2.07
Lodging 11.88 11.88 11.88 9.18 9.18 9.18 9.18 72.36
Food 15.62 0 7.33 5.58 0 4.02 0 32.55
Other 8.64 13.23 8.64 33.64 8.64 8.64 8.64 90.07
Total 36.14 25.11 29.92 48.4 17.82 21.84 17.82 197.05

This has been a good week. It was also nice to take a few ‘down days’ where I didn’t do much of anything. Until next week….

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