The world is in a huge crisis right now. This is true. I can’t even put a number on the times I hear “economic crisis” in class, or the number of times I hear my mom talk about someone losing their job back home. It’s really hard to gauge how bad it actually is when I’m out country-hopping and dealing with foreign currencies that change every week.
Now, however, I’ve been settled for a while, and the crisis is becoming more and more real to me. I’m not sure what to think, do, plan… All I know is that I’m making way less money here in Ukraine than I thought I was going to be, and it is really frustrating. Right now, the dollar amount would be less than people make working at Taco Bell. If you factor in any hours spent prepping classes you are… well… not near minimum wage. And, if you get technical and factor in that you lose money during an exchange situation then your dollars are even fewer.
To sum it up, I would kill to be making Taco Bell wages right now! Heck, I would kill to just be eating Taco Bell right now! Apparently, Ukraine doesn’t understand that spice makes food tasty. Yeah, that’s right. You’ll find me in the kitchen eating “chili sauce” on bread just to have something that somewhat tickles my tongue in my mouth.
The value of the dollar is becoming more and more precious to me. The other day, a very kind reader donated $10 to me through PayPal and I was seriously floored. It made my day! Donations or beers bought don’t happen very often, and this time it just seemed more special because that was really X-hours of teaching English!
There are various ways I try to monetize my website in order to supplement my income, but most are unsuccessful. Maybe one day I’ll get it down like Nerdy Nomad and become a true working nomad. A girl can still dream, right?!
Until then, I’ll be scouring Ukraine for a Taco Bell I can apply (eat) at!