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Yesterday I read about the most expensive cities in the world (
By almost every measure of spenny-ness, Hong Kong topped the rankings. For everything from tomatoes and cooking oil to petrol and take-out coffees, HK proved more expensive than the likes of Sydney, London and New York. The continued strength of the Hong Kong dollar also contributed to the city’s stubborn priciness.
Here are full top ten most expensive cities for expats in 2022, according to ECA’s study:1. Hong Kong 2. New York 3. Geneva 4. London 5. Tokyo 6. Tel Aviv 7. Zurich 8. Shanghai 9. Guangzhou 10. Seoul.

As you can see, London is in fourth place. I was not afraid of this. For 11 days, for everything: flight from Warsaw and back, one-day trip to Bath, accommodation in hostels, food, visiting places, buses and tube, I spent 555 GBP, equal to 650 euro. I do not think it is so much.
Of course, it was possible because I stayed in hostels. I couldn't afford to stay in hotels, especially now when I am alone. But I LIKE hostels. It has many advantages: it is cheaper, usually has an equipped kitchen so one can prepare something to eat and avoid expensive restaurants, and there is a common space. There, in the evening one can check e-mails, chat with other tourists and exchange experiences, sometimes to get good tips. The meeting with people was important for me, for some moments I could forget about my sorrow.

Here are photos from the hostel in London. It was well situated a few minutes from the metro station and museums in Kensington, so very quickly I could be wherever I wanted. The area was quiet, typical English, and very pleasant. There was a big patio where the dinner was served (free!). The breakfast buffet was also free. I liked it very much.

Two more photos in Workshops.

I am afraid my next trip will be very expensive :(.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13730 W: 141 N: 35569] (159932)
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