An unexpected find

I am trying to get rid of most stuff and have been quite successful already. I have no car, only one hat, and I am even letting go of books. But one thing is piling up: notebooks, full of memories, stories, ideas and observations.


And sometimes, when I open one of those notebooks, I discover piles of money, millions of it. It seems that all this time, I have been much richer than I thought.


Unfortunately, I have kept the money long beyond the existence of the country that once issued it. I always knew that saving was stupid.


About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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12 Responses to An unexpected find

  1. Mattu says:

    Soooo true. Worry and save for what?
    Buy experiences.

  2. I could relate to this one. Yes certain things and memories and too precious to let go off. Enjoyed reading :-)


  3. I have Bosnian dinar from the mid-90’s.

  4. The thing with notebooks is that time and other conditions can make the writing less visible.

    • And sometimes, my remarks are a bit cryptic and I can’t for the life of me remember what I meant four years ago in Tharros.

  5. Lia Loria says:

    I just tried to call..😀

  6. List of X says:

    That would have been a pretty sizable sum back when USSR was a country – it was about an average week’s salary.

    • Wooowww!
      And I don’t know if you could infer that from the colors of the banknotes, but it’s one of each denomination from 1 to 100 rubles, altogether 191 rubles.

      The guy from whom I rented a room for two nights in Zugdidi (Georgia) gave me this as a present. And he only wanted payment for one night because he said the prices on were crazy high. (I thought that he as the owner would have set the price, and it actually seemed very cheap for a really beautiful room.)

      So it seems I walked away with more money than I paid. Some people are really extremely hospitable.

    • List of X says:

      Then I guess it’s more like 6 weeks’ salary then, because I only saw a 25 ruble bill, a 5, a 3, and what looked like a couple of ones. An average salary in the later years of the USSR was something like 120 rubles a month, if I remember correctly. For reference, a loaf of bread cost like 0.20 ruble, and a bus/subway ride was 0.05 or so.
      Of course, by the time you visited independent Georgia, that money no longer had any value, except maybe as a cool souvenir. :)

    • I should have taken a better photo.

      But still, that means that somebody saved a lot of money once, which was then passed on through currency reforms and finally ended up in the hands of a visitor from afar.

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