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Angela, 28: Nottingham, UK (2011)

(Snapshots, Elsewhere is a feature of recessionFRESH, where users are asked to submit photos and prices of everyday items to explore the cost of living around the world. If you’d like to submit, please visit this link.)

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Angela is a Radical international educator and emcee. Provegan snackmasta and yogini. Half of Filipina hip-hop duo 1st Quarter Storm as well as anti-racist, anti-imperialist radfem diode Sisters of Resistance. (www.eldiadia.com & www.sistersofresistance.org)

Cost of a loaf of bread: [£0.99] A loaf of Polish bread Kaya Market on Alfreton Road

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Cost of a cup of coffee: [£1.20] A soya latte from the university cafe

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Dinner [£25.00] a vegan Sunday roast dinner from  Alley Cafe – vegetarian/vegan cafe in city centre. About £25.00 for two (incl. meals + non-alcoholic drinks)

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What do you like most about this neighborhood or city?  It’s culturally diverse and open to interpretation. Plus the university gave me money for school.

How has the recession affected you? Decided to go to grad school in the UK due to limited employment prospects in my hometown (Seattle, WA).

What would you spend your last £5 on? tea and biscuits (it’s the UK — standard).

Why did you choose these 3 items? I’m a snackmasta, and these items are part of my everyday life. but don’t forget the £1.00=$1.70 conversion!

 

Angela is a very close friend of mine, who is also a 1st year PhD student. So, thank you for finding the time… – h!

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F, 30s: Center City Philadelphia, PA (2011)

(Snapshots, Elsewhere is a feature of recessionFRESH, where users are asked to submit photos and prices of everyday items to explore the cost of living around the world. If you’d like to submit, please visit this link.)

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F, 30s: Center City Philadelphia, PA

F is a writer after his 9 to 5, but is a storyteller all the time. He currently lives in Philadelphia.

 

 

Coffee: [$3.75] (No description provided)

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Lunch: [$7.29] Cheesesteak, fries, and a soda.

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Price of daily commute: [$0.00] Free. I walk.

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What do you like most about this neighborhood or city?  Livability.

How has the recession affected you? It made me leave a job where I was complacent, and I got a job where I’m rarely bored.

What would you spend your last $5 on? I don’t really know. I feel that I’d find some public transit to a friend or family member’s house.

Why did you choose these 3 items? Well, for the questions asked, they were the most accurate answers I could give.

 

Thank you for a look Philly, F!  Truly appreciate this perspective. Hope you don’t mind that I stole your image off your website :) – h!

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Eric, 28 & Jennilee, 27: Honolulu, HI (2011)

(Snapshots, Elsewhere is a feature of recessionFRESH, where users are asked to submit photos and prices of everyday items to explore the cost of living around the world. If you’d like to submit, please visit this link.)

 

ericandjennileeEric,28 & Jennilee,27: Honolulu, HI

A not-so-newlywed couple getting into their second year of marriage. They’ve just moved from Philly to Houston and are finding out what life in Texas is all about.

 

Price of a loaf of bread: [$6.49] From ABC Stores

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Price of gasoline: [$3.94] from Aloha Station, per gallon

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Price of water: [$.99] a 16 oz bottle from ABC Stores

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What do you like most about this neighborhood or city? The weather, the beach, and the best spam musubi!

How has the recession affected you? We’ve already been pretty budget conscious before the recession started, so it didn’t affect us too much financially. On the job side, we did feel the decline in business, but not as badly as most of the country since both of us were lucky enough to each be in what seemed to be a relatively recession-proof industry (information security & discount retail)

What would you spend your last $5 on? Water. You always need water.

Why did you choose these 3 items? These are the three items that we consume on a daily basis.

Thank you both for being this project’s first couples entry, and putting in the time while you were both on vacation!  Looking forward to catching up with you newlyweds soon! – h!

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Yvette, 30s: Tashkent, Uzbekistan (2011)

(Snapshots, Elsewhere is a feature of recessionFRESH, where users are asked to submit photos and prices of everyday items to explore the cost of living around the world. If you’d like to submit, please visit this link.)

 

vettievetteYvette, 30s: Tashkent, Uzbekistan (2011)

Yvette is a counseling specialist at Tashkent Elementary School, and is currently living in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

 

 

Cost of housing: [$850] 1 bedroom house w/ courtyard: $850 (paid by employer – includes gas/electric/water)

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Lunch: [~$3 USD] Chicken, coke and bread at the bazaar avg. cost = 7,000 soums (~$3 USD at the black market rate)

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Dinner: [~$10 USD] Lamb, bread, and salad at Cafe Efendi, a Turkish restaurant + drinks and dessert (not pictured), avg. cost = 25,000 soums (~$10 at the black market rate)

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Daily commute: [~$1.50 ] to Tashkent International School; Taxi commute to school from my house (6km distance) : ~4,000 soums (~$1.50 at the black market rate)

 

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What do you like most about this neighborhood or city?
Tons of hidden gems in a place that a lot of people in the US have never even heard of. The food is awesome (and cheap), the locals are friendly, it’s safe (I can grab a taxi aka any car that will stop at any time of day/night and not worry about anything bad happening to me) and the people I’ve gotten to know – my friends from work and the locals – are a great bunch. It has a lot of quirky character being a mix of the former Soviet Union, Muslim (they like their vodka and sometimes eat pork), Asian, Russian, and Uzbek.

How has the recession affected you?
The recession has taught me that somebody with my education and credentials – a master’s degree and licensed therapist – has to compromise a lot in order to survive, BUT it’s not the end-all. It inspired me to look beyond my comfort zone and I wound up overseas in a country that was not even on my overseas wish list. Looking at what’s happening in the U.S. now, I think I left at the right time.

What would you spend your last $5 on?
Shashlik (kabob) and a cab ride to the airport.

Why did you choose these 3 items?
I chose these 3 items because I don’t think many people – including myself – knew what to expect of Tashkent when I moved out here. Some of my friends and family thought I’d be in some desert, remote, backwoods place where it would be hard to enjoy living here. Living here isn’t so bad – great food, great house to call home (my friends’ apartments are cool too!), and a great school to work for.

 

Thanks for an amazing submission, Yvette!  Your photos are incredible…an making me hungry! Looking forward to your next set of travels, and to following you along that trail!  Cheers! – h!

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Corinne, 30: Seattle, WA (2011)

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Corinne, 30: Seattle, WA (2011)

Corinne is a documentary filmmaker and media educator from New York City, currently living in Seattle, WA. More about her at corinnemanabat.com 

 

Cost of Travel to a Place You Frequent: [$2.50] One way during peak time.

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Lunch: [$2.98] Bahn Mi Sandwich at Sun Bakery

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Bottle of water: [$0.50] At QFC

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What do you love most about where you live? Since living here, I have learned to appreciate more of the outdoors and the lowkey environment here allows me to relax better.

What would you spend your last $5 on? Not gonna lie, a bag of Andy Capp’s hot fries for $.99, a banh mi sandwich for $2.98, and a can of green tea with ginseng and honey for $.79.

Why did you choose these 3 items? These are three items that I consistently think about during my daily work grind: my commute to work located in Chinatown, what to eat for lunch, and what to drink. Every morning I make sure I have the funds to even do these things.

 

Thanks for submitting, Corinne! Keep reppin’ Andy Capp’s Hot Fries while on the Left Coast! <3 – h!

CJ, 30: Old Bridge, NJ

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Coffee: [USD $2.49] Dunkin Donuts

Cost of Travel to a Place You Frequent: [$12.75 one-way]
From the bus stop near my house (Old Bridge, New Jersey), one round trip from where I live to New York City via NJ Transit bus costs $25.50. When you factor in the subway trip to where I need to go and back to the bus station, the cost of the whole trip is $30.

Gasoline: [$3.09 per gallon] from 19 (local gas station)

 

 

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Jiny, 29: Queenstown, Singapore (2011)

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Jiny is  an independent animator based in Southeast Asia.

 

 

 

Coffee: [$0.60 USD] Coffee (Kopi) –  I bought this bag of coffee at my hawker downstairs.  Kopi ranges from SGD $0.80 to $1.20 (roughly USD $0.60)

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Price of commute: [SGD $1.17] MRT fare. Purchased at Queenstown MRT station. Fare is based on distance. SGD $1.17 (based on distance from Queenstown to City Hall MRT) with my SMRT card, SGD $1.50 (flat fee) for standard ticket (those without SMRT cards)

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Water: [$0.00] Singapore utilizes the four tap system and uses reclaimed water, seawater, rainfall (from water catchment areas) and water from Malaysia to sustain the population’s drinking supply. It is clean and safe and I have been drinking straight from the faucet without a filter for almost a year now.  Free if you find a faucet and have an empty bottle handy.

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What do you like most about this neighborhood or city? Affordable food

How has the recession affected you?  I’ve taken on more freelance and side projects this year. I don’t go out as much and usually stay at home drawing, designing, animating or looking for more freelance projects.

What would you spend your last $5 on?  2 sketchbooks

Why did you choose these 3 items?  These are some basic things I have at least 2-3 times a week.

Thank you for the great entry, Jiny! I think this is actually our first report from Southeast Asia! This woman is also my creative partner at everydayarmada.org.  Check out our work there, too. – h!

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Marie, 30: Houston, TX (2011)

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Marie is a toy hoarder and lover of all things kawaii, antique and vintage. She also an account executive who holds a high interest in art, culture and traveling.

 

Lunch: [$7.00] Parmesan Truffle Fries, Fried Avocado Tacos, Fried Green Tomato Tacos. I purchased these items from the Htown Food Streat Taco Truck.

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Phone Bill: [$332.44] Sprint Phone Bill

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Usual Commute: [$6.00] to Berryhill Tamales. This is a traditional place I commute to every Monday for their $1.99 Original (Fried) Fish Tacos. The cost of commute to the establishment costs $6.00 to and from home.

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What do you like most about this neighborhood or city? What I like most about this city is the cost of living and cheap food.

How has the recession affected you? The recession over the years has greatly affected my chances of advancing in my field of work, due to company downsizing, massive lay offs and budget cuts.

What would you spend your last $5 on? A bucket of fried chicken or some designer vinyl toy figure.

 

Thanks so much Marie, for taking us on this Texan tour! – h!

Snapshots, Elsewhere: Hanalei, 29, Jersey City

Snapshots, Elsewhere is a feature of recessionFRESH, where users are asked to submit photos and prices of everyday items to explore the cost of living around the world. If you’d like to submit, please visit this link.



Hanalei, 29, Jersey City, NJ

 

What do you love most about where you live? What I love most about Jersey City is that I live on the block where I was raised. I love that familiarity.

 

What would you spend your last $5 on? Probably a carton of eggs and some tofu.

 

Why did you choose these 3 items? They were the most accessible to me. Not complicated at all… 

 

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Cup of coffee – Dunkin Donuts, $1.99
Loaf of bread – Shop Rite, $0.99
Gasoline – Shell, $4.53/gallon

 

Hanalei is a writer, performer, and community organizer from the New York City area. She has always loved, and will always love Jersey City. www.hanaleihanalei.org