This challenge is about doing something different everyday. It’s about how to stay out of that routine, escape your comfort zone, learn about your surroundings and see what’s actually out there. True, I could do most of these things back in New York. Doing it on a budget wouldn't be too difficult. I lived there on a budget for 24 years. However, I wouldn’t be at the quality of places I’ve been eating and drinking at and I certainly wouldn’t be doing it as frequently.
This brings me to my next point: the things I can have here I’d never be able to have in Western countries. This time I decided to hire a cook for the night. My friend and colleague, Expat Heather, who has 2 nannies (you read that correctly), put me in touch with her cook.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of girls cook for me in my day, but this was the first time I paid one to do it. It’s a much simpler process than going out or even making it myself. I came home, food was already made for me, sat down, watched NFL and took care of myself for a change. It’s important for our own sanity that work doesn’t consume every minute of our lives. Nothing is better after a longs day of work than decompressing on the couch with some quality food.
The dishes were out of this world. I’ve decided to hire her 2x, maybe 3 x a week. Did I mention she cleaned up? And did the food shopping? Curry chicken and potatoes with rice (2 meals), and Beef fried noodles with steamed veggies (2 meals). I wouldn't suggest eating the rice and pasta together, but I just had to have a bit of each. Cost of ingredients $11 dollars. Cost of 2 hours of service: $10, Total Cost $21. Being able to have someone cook and clean for you 3 times a week: Priceless
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