March 2018

Entering Negative Value For Ethereum Investment - Crypto Bear Market 2018

Published: 31 March, 2018 seen 418 Investments

The cryptocurrency bear market which has started in 2018, has finally hit my humble cryptocurrency portfolio and have vanished all the huge gains I made at the end of 2017. Ethereum (from my portfolio) has been hit the most.  Since the begging with 2018, I have lost about $3,000 virtual money - January and March have hit portfolio the most. It's not that I wouldn't be aware that cryptos are volatile, in fact, from my short crypto investor experience (joined the game in July 2017) I have observed a few ups and downs. Back in 2017, after just 2 weeks I lost about 50%, soon I regained what has…

Waiting For The Spring (Sunset HDR)

Published: 30 March, 2018 seen 58

A tranquil evening, remote road and beautiful sunset. I was prepared, backpack with the gear was in the backseat, and here you go - tranquil mood, lots of clouds and my beloved HDR photography technique. In a couple of weeks (days) it will start blooming, but for now, there is even some snow leftover in the ditches.  Shot in Latvia, at the end of March 2018. Sunset in Latvia Sunset HDR

Documentary Around the World by Graf Zeppelin (1929 footage)

Published: 29 March, 2018 seen 917 Documentaries

Documentary Around the World by Zeppelin is a film by Dutch director Ditteke Mensink made first aired on BBC Four in 2010. This was one of the most interesting and quality films I've watched lately. The story is about Graf Zeppelin flight around the world in 1929. The route is following  New York - Friedrichshafen - Moscow (didn't stop here) - Tokyo - Los Angeles - New York. The story is told through the letters and diaries of Lady Grace Drummond-Hay In 1929, for the first time in history, a Graf Zeppelin circumnavigated the globe. Beneath the enormous airship hung a gondola to accommodate…

Number of Passengers served in Georgian Airports (2010-2017)

Published: 28 March, 2018 seen 133 Airports

Civil aviation is gaining the momentum in  Georgia. At the end of 2017 there were in total five airports located in Georgia. Tbilisi International Airport, Kutaisi David the Builder International Airport, Batumi International Airport, Mestia Queen Tamara Airport and recently constructed Ambrolauri airport. According to the Civil Aviation Agency, International airports in Georgia have served more than 4 million passengers in 2017, which is 43.4% more than in 2016. High growth was recorded in all three international airports of the country. Statistics about passengers served in all Georgian…

Affordable 5 Day Tour in Georgia (Tbilisi, Gudauri, Kazbegi & Sighnaghi)

Published: 27 March, 2018 seen 532 Tours in Georgia

Discover the Eastern part of Georgia in 5 days. Enjoy the distinctive architecture, get acquainted with Georgian traditions, historical heritage, and taste delicious Georgian cuisine. After flight you might be exhausted so it is better not to go far from Tbilisi. Summers in Georgia may be unpredictable but even warm drizzling rain is pleasant so there is nothing to be afraid of. Right after you arrive at hotel and have some rest we can go outside and visit some of the most outstanding fleshpots of Tbilisi according to you your preferences. It is possible to have a walk in Rustaveli Avenue (…

Top 20 Best Selling Laptops / Notebooks Under $500 2018

Published: 26 March, 2018 seen 1,173 Online Shopping

Finding a budget laptop under $500 is quite an easy this year. When looking for a budget / under $500 laptop think of traditional or touchscreen models. In 2018 HP, Acer, Lenovo, Dell and Chromebooks (Samsung, Asus) are the best selling models.  If you still can't decide which model to take and your budget is up to $500 -  consider screen size, RAM, HDD or SDD and of course processor power / manufacturer. In this article you will find top 20 best selling laptop / notebook models under $500. Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, by clicking on links on this page and…

Learn to Read Georgian in 5 Days

Published: 25 March, 2018 seen 449 Bookshelf

Strange, how it works - It was on a lazy Saturday afternoon when I finally decided to buy a Russian literature's classic - War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. While reading this book I decided to launch a new topic series on the blog - Bookshelf, keeping notes and sharing books I've read. While browsing Amazon's store online accidentally I found this great learning guide - Learn to Read Georgian in 5 Days by Irakli Aleksidze. The price for Kindle Editon was just $3.99 and after reading a free preview on Amazon I thought - hmm, it's tempting to learn Georgian Script in 5 days.  Disclosure: This…

Individual and Handcrafted Tours in Georgia

Published: 24 March, 2018 seen 114 Tours in Georgia

Daily tours with an English speaking guide and driver as low as USD 120 per car (up to 4 people) Unlimited mileage  Request a free quote Now after you have read some articles about tours and hotels in Georgia and still can't decide for selecting the right travel partner for explorations of the birthplace of wine, land of the ancient churches and amazing food? Look no more - here at ReinisFischer.com I have partnered with great tour operators in Georgia, offering great tour packages for affordable prices.  After living in Georgia as an expat for more than six years and exploring country, as an…

Best 5 star hotels in Batumi

Published: 23 March, 2018 seen 667 Hotel reviews

There are about ten 5-star hotels in Georgia's resort town Batumi, according to Booking.com. That's double the luxury stays as if in Tbilisi. For a luxury hotel in Batumi, you should be ready to pay about $250 per night, though you could find some value deals even under $150. International hotel chains like Sheraton and Hilton are present in Batumi. In this article, I have listed some five-star hotels in Batumi with a short description and direct booking link. 16 Best Batumi Beach / Seaside Hotels Disclosure: hotels listed below contain links to Booking.com, by clicking on links on this page…

Olympic Entertainment Group Contemplated Exit From Nasdaq Baltics (Cash Offer To BuyBack Shares)

Published: 22 March, 2018 seen 218 Investments

Olympic Entertainment Group has been one of the first Baltic equity I have added to my Baltic stock portfolio, back in the April 2017. And in fact, I planned to acquire more stocks of Olympic Entertainment group this March or April. See: Top Dividend Paying Stocks In Nasdaq Baltic I'm Planning to Acquire in 2018 Olympic Entertainment Group AS with its subsidiaries is the leading provider of gaming services in the Baltic States and operates casinos in Slovakia, Malta and Italy. Olympic Entertainment Group AS is the Group’s ultimate holding company, organising the strategic management and…

Find out more about new crowdinvesting marketplace - Envestio

Published: 21 March, 2018 seen 904 Investments

Disclosure: This is a sponsored story about Envestio and I got paid for promoting it on blog. Currently, I don't hold any investments with Envestio. Also, I'm not a financial advisor and don't bear any responsibility if you will decide to invest with Envestio. Investments in crowdfunding, stocks, funds, bonds or cryptos are risk investments and you could lose some or all of your money. Do your due diligence before investing in any kind of asset.  Update: February 17, 2020 Seems Envestio has run away with investor funds. On February  16, 2020 Latvian Television aired in De facto show: …

5 Day Tour In Georgia (Kutaisi & Svaneti)

Published: 20 March, 2018 seen 532 Tours in Georgia

Arriving to Georgia, through Kutaisi by Wizzair? Try crafted an individual 5-day tour reaching the most beautiful landmarks in and around Kutaisi + extending the trip to the region of Svaneti by visiting Mestia and Ushguli Package tour includes 4 nights accommodation at 3-star hotels (upgrade to 4 star or 5 star possible), driver, airport transfers door to door, English speaking guide Does not include international airfare, travel insurance, entrance fees to museums Cultural and historical rich Georgia discovery tour in and around Kutaisi and region of Svaneti Visit the landmarks of Svaneti…

Top 20 NVIDIA GeForce Quad Core Laptops / Notebooks

Published: 19 March, 2018 seen 918 Online Shopping

Quad core laptops are gaining the momentum in 2018. Multi core processors are not a surprise nowadays, we all are used to Dual core processors powering our laptops, but what if we would have instead of two - four processors? Right, then we would have quad core laptops. In short four processors means much more faster program operating. For that plain reason quad core laptops are very popular among gamers, Equipped with a NVIDIA GeForce graphics card these computers comes with a price attached - a good one will cost you around $1,000 a piece. In this article have listed TOP 20 bestselling Quad…

Hiking Trails in Kemeri National Park (Near Forest House)

Published: 18 March, 2018 seen 351 Tourism objects

Kemeri National Park in Latvia is special for its great biological diversity, the unique Kemeri Bog, mineral waters and therapeutic mud found here. It was on a lazy Sunday afternoon we decided to visit Kemeri National Park, as we had no idea what exactly to look for, we decided to make a stop at first "look-a-like" place, so we ended at Forest House, located some 45km from nations capital Riga. I was equipped with my Canon DSRL camera and in a good mood to make some panoramic photos here: Forest House in Kemeri National Park Rough translation from Latvian about Forest House (Meža māja) The…

Top Places To Visit in Georgia in April

Published: 17 March, 2018 seen 2,133 Travel guides

In this article, I will list some of the top places to visit in Georgia during the month of April. Tbilisi - is definitely worth visiting at any season of the year, April is a very good month to visit Tbilisi, weather is warm and long gone are March winds - go explore Tbilisi old town, climb up to the Narikala fortress, enter Tbilisi Botanical Garden and watch everything around you blooming. Visit Tbilisi Dezerteer bazaar and buy some fresh vegetables (you could start searching for strawberries) Kutaisi - the second largest city in Georgia, with an international airport located some 17km from…

Top 5-star Luxury / Boutique Hotels in Tbilisi

Published: 16 March, 2018 seen 498 Hotel reviews

Tbilisi and Georgia have been gaining a lot of international tourist attention in recent years, without any doubt it has helped to boost Georgia's tourism industry, with new hotels popping up all across the country. There are a few 5 - star hotels in Tbilisi, according to Booking.com. For a luxury stay in Tbilisi, you should be ready to pay about $250 per night, though you could find some bargain deals even under $250 In this article, I have listed 5-star hotels in Tbilisi with a short description and direct booking link.  Top 10 Boutique / Luxury Hotels in Tbilisi (Georgia) Disclosure:…

Average Salary in European Union 2018

Published: 15 March, 2018 seen 170,958 Investments

For the fifth year in a row, I'm publishing my humble observations on average salary changes in the European Union. In this article, I've compared both gross and net average salary for 2018. Update: Average Monthly Salary in European Union 2020 As in the case with minimum wages in the European Union 2018 article, for this year's average salary article, I was able to pull data both for gross and net minimum wage values across the European Union.  I wouldn't call below written scientific research, as most of the data in this article are taken from Wikipedia's article List of European countries…

Google AdWords/AdSense To Ban Cryptocurrency Related Ads

Published: 14 March, 2018 seen 693 Blogging

In June 2018, Google will update the Financial services policy to restrict the advertisement of Contracts for Difference, rolling spot forex, and financial spread betting. In addition, ads for the following will no longer be allowed to serve - Binary options and synonymous products, cryptocurrencies and related content (including but not limited to initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency exchanges, cryptocurrency wallets, and cryptocurrency trading advice) Now, this update doesn't come as a surprise to me, and in fact, I was already waiting for it to happen sooner or later after Facebook…

Explore Georgia in 7 Day Cultural and Historical Tour

Published: 13 March, 2018 seen 523 Travel guides

Explore Georgia in a cultural and historical rich discovery tour, from the vibrant and modern city life in Tbilisi, through the Georgian military road to the most beautiful landscapes at Kazbegi. Package tour includes 6 nights accommodation at 3 star hotels (upgrade to 4 star or 5 star possible), driver, airport transfers door to door, English speaking guide Does not include international airfare, travel insurance, entrance fees to museums UNESCO World heritage listing sites Jvari monastery and Vardzia caves Visit of Soviet's leader Joseph's Stalin museum in Gori Day 1: Arrival at Tbilisi…

Top 20 11-inch Screen Size Laptop / Notebooks Computers

Published: 12 March, 2018 seen 1,914 Online Shopping

Elegant, stylish and compact - that's how I would describe 11 inch screen size laptops in 2018. 11-inch screen size laptop will fit if you will use this computer for some simple tasks, like surfing the web, watching YouTube videos. In this article you will find TOP 20 11-inch screen size laptop models popular among Amazon users in 2018. Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on Amazon site, I will earn an affiliate income at no cost to you. Prices for laptops listed on this page are retrieved using Amazon…

Nasdaq Baltic Stock Market Biggest Gainers / Losers 2017

Published: 11 March, 2018 seen 292 Investments

There was a 71 company listed on the Nasdaq Baltic stock market in 2017. In today's article, I decided to make a quick look on the biggest gainers and losers for a whole 2017.  Baltic equities are listed on Nasdaq Baltics in 3 listings - Main List, Baltic secondary listing, and Firth North. As of writing this article the total market capitalization for companies listed under one of the three listings was EUR 7 billion and 261 million. 7 billion huh? Think that's huge? Think twice - the total market capitalization for cryptocurrencies right now is at 294 billion Eur, and we are in the bears…

Cryptocurrencies are Volatile - Here is How I Lost $1,000 in Value in a couple of days

Published: 10 March, 2018 seen 231 Investments

Wow, what a bearish ride for the past couple of days in the cryptocurrency world. Bitcoin and all the other major altcoins have lost value on average by 25% in the past couple of days. From trading BTC at $11,615 on March 5th down to $8,606 on March 9th.  Long story short - I've been investing in cryptos since the second part of 2017. Before actually investing in cryptocurrencies I developed the so-called dollar cost averaging plan, and decided to buy the major cryptocurrencies once in the month no matter the price. Dollar cost averaging helps to exclude emotional decisions. My plan is to…

Top Hotels to Book in Daugavpils, Latvia

Published: 9 March, 2018 seen 59 Hotel reviews

Daugavpils has been on my travel radar for a very long time, in fact I've been in Daugavpils for couple of times in the past. According to Booking.com there are no 5-star hotels in Daugavpils, but there are a few 4-star and a lot of 3-star hotels located in the city and in the neighboring vicinity.  Disclosure: hotels listed below contain links to Booking.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a reservation on Booking.com site, I might earn an affiliate income, at no cost to you. Park Hotel Latgola This is a new 3-star hotel located in Daugavpils. It is conveniently located for…

Minimum Wages in European Union 2018

Published: 8 March, 2018 seen 46,800 Investments

Turns out this is already fifth (#5) article about minimum wages in European Union featured on the blog. Traditions must be continued and here comes the latest article with the latest data for 2018 about minimum wages in the European Union. Update: Minimum Wages in European Union 2019 In 2018 there were 22 out of 28 European Union member states with the official minimum wage set by the government. Feel free to browse through the archives for previous years, before proceeding, see: What's Minimum Wage in European Union 2017 Minimum Wages in European Union 2016 What Is Minimum Wage In European…

Palios Mylos Restaurant Review near Argiroupoli Springs, Crete

Published: 7 March, 2018 seen 157 Restaurant reviews

Ahh, I love these lovely roadside cafeterias which are hard to locate, after visiting and leaving, on the map. This time I was lucky enough and turned out I had pictured the name of this place in Greek. A bit patience and usage of Greek language transliteration and here you go - found both the name and location of this place, meet Palios Mylos Restaurant near Argiroupoli Springs, Crete. Visited back in June 2017. Now it's hard to recall exact our route back then, but most probably we arrived here somewhere from Triopetra area.  The restaurant is located next to the Argiroupoli Springs some 27…

February 2018 Dividend Income Report - $62.89

Published: 6 March, 2018 seen 270 Investments

Time flies and so did last February disappeared like a flicker. Now it's time to look back and see how did it go for me in terms of dividend income. February marks already the tenth (#10) dividend income report, covering earnings I've made from dividend-paying stocks, peer to peer lending (both fiat and cryptocurrencies) Surprisingly, but February turned out much better than I thought before - after a few e-mail and support tickets forth and back with bank and fund I was looking to have in my portfolio since August 2017,  I finally managed to add this fund to my portfolio. The fund dividends…

Top 20 Intel Core i7 processor Laptop / Notebook models 2018

Published: 5 March, 2018 seen 4,001 Online Shopping

When it comes to power and endurance a fast processor, plenty of RAM and great graphics card are among the top three to look at when choosing a brand new laptop. In this article, I have listed Top 20 laptop models with latest Intel Core i7 processors available on Amazon 2018. For all times best selling Intel Core i7, please visit: Top 20 Intel Core i7 processor Laptop / Notebook models Bellow listed models will be the top choice for gamers and business users. Creative graphic designers, video animators, and photographers will enjoy these powerful laptops as well. Disclosure: This article …

Winter near The Baltic Sea (Dubulti beach, Jūrmala)

Published: 4 March, 2018 seen 43

In today's Piece of Life series, a couple of HDR's from the Baltic sea (more precisely Dubulti beach in Jūrmala, Latvia) Pinewoods, frozen sea and cold fresh air. Frozen Baltic sea Would love to return here in Summer. Restaurant Orizonte in Dubulti beach Pinewoods near Dubulti beach

How I'm Buying Stocks in Nasdaq Baltics Market

Published: 3 March, 2018 seen 566 Investments

I've been investing actively in the Nasdaq Baltics market actively since 2017. Currently, I hold stocks of 16 great dividend-paying companies. And in fact that's the reason I'm investing in this market - call me dividend investor. In today's article, I wanted to share a quick "how to" on how I'm actually investing in this market. For operations (trades) to happen, I've opened a brokerage account at SEB Latvia bank, which comes up with a cost of 0.0150% (minimum 1 eur) monthly fee for account  + there is a 0.30% (minimum 3 eur) fee for buying Baltic Stocks. I keep buying 1-3 times per month -…

Top 5-star Luxury / Boutique Hotels in Barcelona

Published: 2 March, 2018 seen 240 Hotel reviews

Barcelona is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe, the city is the desired location for romantic trips, in case you are looking for best honeymoon or just romantic weekend in fabulous Barcelona city, in this article I have listed Top 5 star and luxury hotels in Barcelona, based on actual user reviews on Booking site. Alternatively see: 20 Top Rated Romantic Hotels / Apartments In Barcelona The price per night for those 20 top rated hotels varies - starting from EUR 95 and up to EUR 375. The price may change, and there are some hotels offering huge savings. Disclosure: hotels…

52 Week Money Saving Challenge

Published: 1 March, 2018 seen 280 Investments

I first heard about such challenge from SEB Latvia bank - How to save 1,400 euros per year? The recommendation is simple - to deposit in the first week one euro, in the second week - two, third week - three, etc. The amount after each week continues to grow, up to the last week of the year, when it is 52 euros. As I love challenges and believe they are the great way to master new skills and make good habits, and in fact, there have been a few long-term challenges already passed in the frames of this blog, like - blogging 365 days in a row or daily photo challenge for 365 days. Not to speak…