Mirror Reflections – Algeria & Russia


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Life in Algeria

Algeria is in northern Africa. It borders Tunisia and Libya to the east; Niger, Mali, and Mauritania to the south; Morocco and Western Sahara to the west; and the Mediterranean Sea to the north. It covers a total of 919,595 square miles (2,381,751 square kilometers), making it the second largest country in Africa (after Sudan), and the eleventh largest in the world. Almost nine-tenths of this area is composed of the six Saharan provinces in the south of the country; however, 90 percent of the population, and most of the cities, are located along the fertile coastal area known as the Tell, or hill. The climate is desert like, although the coast does receive rain in the winter. Only 3 percent of the land is arable, this along the Mediterranean. Inland from the coast is the High Plateau region, with an elevation of 1,300 to 4,300 feet (396 to 1,311 meters). This is mostly rocky and dry, dotted with vegetation on which cattle, sheep, and goats graze. Beyond the plateau are the Saharan Atlas Mountains, which form the boundary of the Algerian Sahara desert. Despite efforts by the government to contain the desert by planting rows of pine trees, it continues to expand northward. The vast expanse contains not only sand dunes and typical desert life such as snakes, lizards, and foxes, but also oases, which grow date and citrus trees. There are also striking sandstone rock formations, red sand, and even a mountain, Mount Tahat, the highest point in Algeria, that is sometimes snow-topped.

Algeria enjoys one the lowest costs of living in the world.

Consumer price index: 41.49

Rent index: 6.06

Restaurant index: 24.84

Groceries index: 43.76

Read more at http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/lowest-cost-of-living-270146/?singlepage=1#h71Mfj6TVcL1Y5em.99

Consumer price index: 41.49 Rent index: 6.06 Restaurant index: 24.84 Groceries index: 43.76
Read more at http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/lowest-cost-of-living-270146/?singlepage=1#h71Mfj6TVcL1Y5em.99Consumer price index: 41.49

Rent index: 6.06

Restaurant index: 24.84

Groceries index: 43.76

Read more at http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/lowest-cost-of-living-270146/?singlepage=1#h71Mfj6TVcL1Y5em.99

 

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Life in Russia

the rose seller’s screams

 

The oldest woman is screaming, her bent cart toppled to one side as roses splay across the dirty parking lot. She is huge. In her long thick coat she is as grey and monstrous as a battleship. One of the younger rose sellers is her daughter, but I do not see her. I walk quickly, not turning or lingering to find out what the fight is about. I hear her voice, loud, fierce, fingering into the quiet, wet morning. It swells to that pitch that touches on pain and desperation and anger and gives me goosebumps. I know that sound all too well.

My eyes are wet, and I am wiping my face as I pass E’s teacher who says a quick good morning without slowing down. I must look like I burst into tears after I drop her off, and I want to laugh once at myself. I blame it on the wind whipping up from the river……..

Visit: http://impressionsofanexpat.blogspot.ru/2013/11/the-rose-sellers-screams.html

Moscow suffers one the highest costs of living in the world.

Consumer price index: 83.78

Rent index: 69.79

Restaurant index: 106.13

Groceries index: 60.57

 

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2 thoughts on “Mirror Reflections – Algeria & Russia

    1. They are beginning to change again. Thought it would be interesting to show the cost of living in each country. So I will be going back and revisiting each one of them and do an update.

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