Bankai's Journal - ERE mode:hard

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Re: Bankai's Journal - ERE mode:hard

Post by Bankai » Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:30 pm

My wife says thanks :)

I work as an analyst in a corporation and DW has a lower management position in civil service.

Re Peterson, I initially avoided the topic about him on these forums as I assumed he's a politician and I'm not interested in politics. Having come across his book and some online lectures, I now avoid this topic as I want to read the book first before I read people's opinions on him. So far, very interesting read although I just started. Looking forward to discussing the details once I finish the book.

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Re: Bankai's Journal - ERE mode:hard

Post by Bankai » Sun May 13, 2018 3:59 pm

April update

April/Q2 goals:

* Exercise every day - 26/30 days in April
* Read one book a week - fail, read nothing
* Reduce time spent playing games, ideally to zero - fail
* Complete an online course I started in Jan - fail

I didn't make any progress with most of my goals in April. I still exercised regularly, however most days I was too tired/lazy after work to read anything.

At least on the financial front things are better:

Mortgage and bills: £761
Food and household: £222
Paints: £61
Clothes: £22
Eating out: £2
Travel: £19
Stuff: £25 (new pot and chopping board)

Total expenses in April: £1114
Per person: £557

Savings rate: 67%
Including mortgage principal: 74%

So close to 'the dream' (75% SR). However, I expect expenses to rise in the next 2 months as we will be going on 2 weeks vacation.

Goals for May:

* Exercise every day - I've been exercising every day for the last 36 days and I want to keep this going for at least the rest of May
* Read one book a week
* Complete an online course I started in Jan

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Post by 2Birds1Stone » Sun May 13, 2018 6:17 pm

Where are you guys going this time around? *wave*

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Post by Bankai » Tue May 15, 2018 4:11 pm

We're going to the Czech Republic. I've never been there but I heard a lot of good things about it. Looking forward to trying delicious Czech cuisine and beers. We are likely to spend the most time in Prague, which doesn't worry me too much since it's considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But we will also be taking trips to nearby attractions.

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Post by Seppia » Tue May 15, 2018 5:09 pm

Make sure you visit Kampa museum near the river and Veletrzni Palac museum, so that you see a lot of Kupka paintings.
Prague is also famous for its modern art galleries, you can find cheap and excellent stuff.
A good one is Vltavin, near the national theater (narodni divadlo) and another one is Galerie Moderna along the river.

Some of my favorite artists within affordable range (if buying a lithography) are Frantisek Gross and Josef Istler

Gross
https://www.google.com/search?q=frantis ... 68&bih=922

Istler
https://www.google.com/search?client=sa ... aSye0hc%3D

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Post by Bankai » Sat May 19, 2018 3:42 pm

Thanks Seppia, these look good. We don't have a 'to see' list yet - still doing initial research/reading on Prague. I'm not much into modern art - maybe my tastes aren't fully developed yet - but I can totally see something like this https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=josef ... ohGeA0JGM: on our living room wall.

Speaking of which, lately we've been discussing buying some art to decorate the flat. I'm inclined towards actual paintings (probably of local, not well-known artists - we don't want to spend thousands) rather than printouts. It clashes a bit with my minimalistic tendencies so I'm not 100% decided yet. I wonder how many ERErs buy art?

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Re: Bankai's Journal - ERE mode:hard

Post by Seppia » Sat May 19, 2018 5:24 pm

Seriously, go to Vltavin and Galerie Moderna in Prague.
You will find a lot of unique pieces and lithographies from young artists for cheaper than you could buy a printout in NYC or any major metro area.

Vltavin is the one with the largest selection of young artists (= cheaper)
Look for the online auctions (you need to create a profile to buy but you can browse without one).
I've bought from them multiple times and they are trustworthy.

http://www.auctions-art.cz/?lang=en

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