100,000 Welcomes? That'll be 50 quid.
Before I get going with this, I am no xenophobe. I despise all nationalities equally.
Yesterday a man called at my door. He was unable to communicate with me beyond handing me a small slip of paper where written in English was approximately the following:
"Hello, I am a poor student from Poland. I need money to help me etc etc, so I am selling these pictures which I have drawn..."
So far so heartbreaking. I skim to the bottom while fumbling in my pocket for the 2 Euro coin I know is in there somewhere...
"1 picture = €12"
12 Euros? That can't be right. I ask to see a picture, it’s an A3 photocopy of a poor pencil sketch.
"You want me to pay €12 for a photocopy? Sorry man."
Without remorse, I send him packing with nothing.
Its just another illustration that the cost of living here has now got way out of hand. Not only have I lost all perspective when it comes to the reasonable price for any given item, but now the door to door beggars are taking the piss.