The Children of War

I'm home!

Hiya!  After another fun-filled tour in the warzone of Baghdad, I'm back home in London.  It was raining and 60 degrees Fahrenheit when I landed in London Saturday morning. It was the first time I had seen rain in about 30 days. In fact, it's now Sunday evening and it's been raining for about 36 hours straight.  Last night we hit our favorite local pub, forgot our umbrella and, of course, the skies opened up in a torrential downpour. Thunder, lightning, sheets of water blowing sideways. It was bad. We decided to wait out the storm and have another pint. And another. And another.  Five pints, two burgers and four hours later, the rain finally let up enough for us to walk (stumble) home.   It's chilly, barely 58 degrees now and drizzling.  Yes sir, typical London weather.

Mercer released it's annual list fo the world's most expensive cities. And this year, London jumped from 5th to 2nd place due mainly to the stronger British pound versus the U.S. dollar.  (As of Friday, 1 British pound equals $1.99.)  And for reasons that I cannot even begin to fathom, MOSCOW is now the world's most expensive city. Go figure.

The Top 20 world's most expensive cities 2007:

1. Moscow
2. London
3. Seoul
4. Tokyo
5. Hong Kong
6. Copenhagen
7. Geneva
8. Osaka
9. Zurich
10. Oslo
11. Milan
12. St. Petersburg (Russia)
13. Paris
14. Singapore
15. New York City
16. Dublin
17. Tel Aviv
18. Rome
19. Vienna
20. Beijing