Jess: So, Tom, I was reading in the newspaper this morning, and I noticed a story which said that Tokyo and Osaka are now the most expensive cities to live in. I remember you told me you used to live in Tokyo. Was that your experience of living there?
Tom: That’s right. Tokyo was really expensive. I am so pleased that now I live in Bangkok. Living here is fantastic. My apartment – I have this lovely beautiful big apartment and the rent is a good deal. Thai food is famous all over the world and actually when you come to Thailand, you realize how cheap the food is and how available it is. You can buy food – every kind of food from any shop or restaurant – even on the street. They have street stalls where people cooking. They have people walking up and down the street pushing carts full of food and it’s all really cheap and delicious. I like to go shopping in Bangkok. There’s a lot of clothes and shoes and bags. The prices are really low and it’s this lovely feeling being able to walk around and afford things. Did you know in Tokyo the most surprising expensive thing was getting a hair cut. I don’t go much for expensive hair cuts and it used to kill me how much I had to pay just to get someone to chop off my scruffy locks. I know you’ve lived in Europe mostly. What was your experience? What was the most expensive place in Europe?
Jess: Well, I’ve lived in three European cities: Budapest, Madrid and Paris and of the three Paris was definitely the most expensive. The things that stands out in my mind as being the most expensive were beauty services. Things like hair cuts, hair coloring, facials, waxing. I actually had to save and budget every month to make sure I was able to afford in Paris the the things I was used to getting without thinking about back home in Britain, but not every thing was expensive there. Beauty services were and rent was but the wine, brilliant French wine, was really cheap and there was a huge variety, so in that way, I guess itbalanced itself out.