The Game of Monopoly

(UPDATE: We have moved our site to http://www.travelingseouls.com, check out the original post with images here: http://travelingseouls.com/the-game-of-monopoly/).

I have never played the game of Monopoly from beginning to end until I came to Cyprus.   My brother tried to teach me when I was in elementary school, but I just never found it very fun playing with a brother who was way too smart and much older than me.

Prof taught me on how to play on one of those app games, and I have been hooked ever since.

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As I am learning the game, I am reminded of the real life economic issues in Cyprus.  The picture above shows a barbershop “La Finesse” that is open for business, but is flanked by two abandoned spaces. The front store glass windows are completely gone, leaving only a concrete floor and some stairs up to the second level.

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I walked by this barbershop almost every other day to get to the massively large Starbucks on the corner of a major intersection.

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We also walk by these beautiful homes with manicured lawns and real grass that sit across from flats which some have steel roller shutters like you would see in a storage warehouse.  The disparity is so drastic.

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It is so sad to see the effects of poor business decisions from the banks and government that affect so many people who call this place home.

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