Just got back from some hectic travelling - the Economic History Association conference in Tucson plus a small East Coast tour of seminars (Princeton, NYU, Penn). I somehow managed to fly twice across the pond for this (don't ask). But while air travel isn't all it was in the 1960s and 1970s (piano bars on the top deck of the 747, anyone?), there are compensations... like being able to spend a minute on photography, celebrate a 40th birthday with dear old friends from California, or getting to discuss some really nice papers (like the one by Eric Chaney on Nile floods and the power religious elites in ancient Egypt - I know nearly nothing about ancient Egypt, but whoever picked me should be thanked warmly).
Why is living in poor countries so cheap?
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