In honor of the deficit commission’s recent report, we have decided to institute our own austerity plan. Three days in we are well over budget. Of course, this includes one-time items like cab fare from the airport and Argentina’s $140 entry fee for Americans. Nevertheless, if Amurka must tighten its belt, then so too must we.
Checked into a hostel on Sunday with a 5 bed dorm (only one other dude sharing our room). It certainly isn’t nice. The beddings are about 20 years of wear beyond the point when a normal person would have discarded them and a film of grease covers just about everything in the kitchen. The handle of the knife (picture below) looks like someone seared it with a blowtorch. Still, this does not make it unserviceable for a hostel.
Add a lunch of 12 empanadas and a home-cooked dinner and the total cost for the day comes to about $45.