Wednesday, August 6, 2008

$1 book project

So... I'm STILL ALIVE and kicking! Just been super busy hopping from place to place... Officially moved into my new apartment in San Francisco last week, and a blustery cold week it was! (I've become quite used to the disgustingly humid summers of the mid-Atlantic now...)

And I'm currently sitting at our diningroom table in Malta, during one last week-long family hurrah before law school starts for me, and before my parents must return to the grind of well, working. We landed in Rome 5 days ago, relaxed for a couple days, drove to Florence and Venice for another 2 days, then flew here to the beautiful (and incredibly sun-drenched) island of Malta.

All this traveling, and moreover, literally gawking at how little an American dollar gets you in Euros these days, has reminded me of the value of a dollar and what it can buy from country to country (apparently not much now all across Europe!). Speaking of dollars and whatnot, I want to bring to everyone's attention the $1 Book Project. It's a compilation of reader-submitted photos of objects, across the world, that are worth exactly 1 US dollar, no more no less. Really amusing entries.

The object of the project, according to the creator:

"The $1 Book Project attempts to prove that the value of an object depends on culture and geographic location. Currently a work in progress, the following images explore the power (or lack thereof) of one American dollar. I asked people to submit a photograph documenting what they bought. They could not spend more than $1. Not a cent over."

So far, I've found a small pack of gum in a nearby Maltese supermarket and some postcards in Venice that cost roughly $1. So it's actually a much more difficult task than it may first seem. There's a link to a currency converter at the site; helpful for international folks. I'm certainly going to keep on searching in the next few days...

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