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Postcards from Lugano

Postcards from Lugano

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We traveled to Lugano in Switzerland at the end of 2019.  Visit to Lugano officially adds marks 18th country on my travel map I've visited (since 2013) We arrived here from Italy's Lecco town using our rental car (Sicily car), a quick border check (without a real inspection) and we were inside Switzerland. Lake Lugano Lugano is a town and a municipality in southern Switzerland in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino bordering Italy. It has a population of 63,185, and an urban agglomeration of over 145,000. The ninth-largest Swiss town, it is the largest in Ticino and largest with an Italian…

Aparthotel Autosole Riga

Aparthotel Autosole Riga

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Located opposite a park in the historical centre of Riga on Hospitāļu street. Aparthotel Autosole offers to its guests 10 comfortable apartments and studios. We have been staying at this hotel several times, with the first stay being back in 2017 while the latest stay was at the end of 2019. In total, we paid USD 86 for a 2-night stay. That's one of the cheapest stays you can find in Riga. There is one more Autosole Economy motel located in the other side of Riga, see Autosole Economy Motel in Riga See my complete listing with Riga hotels I have stayed Aparthotel Autosole in Riga 1.5 km from…

Latest Stock Sale: 100 Shares of NRZ Called Away

Latest Stock Sale: 100 Shares of NRZ Called Away

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On December 28, 2019, I noticed that 100 shares of NRZ I hold were called away. This comes as a little shock, as just a couple of days ago I bought an additional 53 shares of NRZ as I was looking to repair my dividend income in January 2020.  With 100 NRZ shares called away, January 2020 dividend income will drop by $42.5 (after tax), which is quite a pain. Every year I'm looking to growth YoY for about $50-$70, with this latest stock sale I will barely reach January 2019 income level.  Now, back in August 2019 I sold following covered call NRZ JAN 17 '20 16 Call @0.17 With NRZ price rising…

Trading Results Week 4/2020 (-$101.10)

Trading Results Week 4/2020 (-$101.10)

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Trading week 4/2020 lasted from January 20 - January 24, 2020. Actually the week was even shorter as on Monday 20, there was a Martin Luther King Day which is a public holiday in the US. This week I closed just one trade, which resulted in a negative -$101.10 net income. This trade was actually a roll-up for a suffering SPY call bear trade For opening new rolled up strike on SPY I received gross income of +$110.4, in theory, my max gain on these trades in the future is -$101.10+110.4 = +$9.2 Additionally, I opened two more trades on SPX and SPY. Gross income this week +$196.00 Week 1-4 2020…

2019 Blog Income & Traffic Review - Goals For 2020

2019 Blog Income & Traffic Review - Goals For 2020

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January is almost at the end and it's time to look back on the previous year of blogging (2019), and no doubts -  take a quick glimpse of 2020 In today's article, I will reveal data behind the blog scenes - both traffic and income for the whole year of 2019. But before we dig into the numbers, here is the brief background - blog now is more than six years old, and for the last six years it has gone a very long way, Make sure to check out my previous yearly blogging reviews: 2018 - 2018 Blog Income & Traffic Review - Goals For 2019 / $20,517.34 2017 - 2017 Blog Income & Traffic Review…

Ilia Lake

Ilia Lake

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Ilia Lake is located near the town of Kvareli in the region of Kakheti, Georgia. First discovered back in 2014, while staying at Royal Batoni hotel next to the lake. Since then I've headed here several times. It was at the start of 2020 when I learned that this lake actually is manmade.  Ilias lake was formed in a valley of the Duruji Rivier a few years ago, financed from the then Presidential fund (Mikheil Saakashvili)  Ilia’s Lake was named after Ilia Chavchavadze, a nobleman who is still considered one of the mightiest thinkers in the history of the country. He was a real polymath – a…

Tremezzina near Como Lake, Italy

Tremezzina near Como Lake, Italy

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Tremezzina is located on the western banks of Lake Como, right in front of Bellagio, and is the result of a recent merger of the comunes of Lenno, Mezzegra, Ossuccio, and Tremezzo. We discovered this picturesque Italian town during our about a week-long trip in Italy during the mid-November 2019.  According to Lake Como Travel website a scene from Star Wars were shot here: Visiting Tremezzina means having the chance to enjoy a place that is rich in atmosphere, history, and attractions. For example… did you know that some Star Wars’ scenes were shot here? Tremezzina Actually we didn't even…

Semarah Lielupe Hotel & SPA

Semarah Lielupe Hotel & SPA

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Lielupe Hotel SPA & Conferences by Semarah is located in a calm area of Jurmala, surrounded by forest and 400 m from the Baltic Sea. It features a spacious kids club with different games and toys. We booked this hotel in mid-December 2019, for a two-night stay and paid in total $257 for two separate rooms (as my mom was traveling with us) Elegant rooms at Lielupe Hotel SPA & Conferences feature a safety deposit box and a balcony. Private bathrooms come with a hairdryer and toiletries. Room at Hotel Lielupe  The room size could be bigger, but except that everything was good. We even…

Minimum Wages in Baltic States 2020

Minimum Wages in Baltic States 2020

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It has been a great decade for all three Baltic states, and increasing minimum wages is just one good example of showing that. From humble EUR 238 in 2010 to still modest EUR 607 (Lithuania). That's quite an impressive growth in "just" 10 years.  For me observing minimum wages in the Baltic states has always been interesting, here you can find some of my previous articles on this topic: Minimum wages in Baltic states 2013 Minimum Wages in the Baltic States 2015 Minimum Wage Set to Rise in the Baltic States in 2018 Why do I care so much about minimum wages in the Baltic states? Simple, I've…

Trading Results Week 3/2020 (+$397.80)

Trading Results Week 3/2020 (+$397.80)

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Trading week 3/2020 lasted from January 13 - January 17, 2020 This week I was mostly closing trades made in the previous weeks. Also, one of my goals for this week was to limit open position to 10 (there were 12 positions prior) I managed to limit it down to 9. Awesome. For the third week of 2020 net income is +$397.80 while gross income is +$267.20 Week 1-3 2020 Trading Results Last week I closed 5 positions all with profit and opened just 2 new positions. Seems that I prefer to trade small and less often. I would be happy if I would manage to keep the same pace in the future weeks. Opened…