I couldn’t afford to holiday in Queenstown, but if I cleaned toilets and made coffee, I could pretend to holiday on my days off.
“You have four years, two hands, and your wits. Can you turn this abandoned Italian house into a home?”
The place has a way of sucking you in with its material comforts and opportunities for travel. It has a way of making you forget the bad stuff or, worse, becoming inured to it.
Stocking up on GBP became my new hobby.
Mark Kitto’s essay “You Will Never Be Chinese” in The Prospect, is a fascinating look at what it’s like to live in China and earn money. Originally from the U.K., he’s lived there for 16 years, and has tried to build a life for himself and his family—the Chinese Dream if you will. He hasn’t been able to achieve it.