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Brexit Leave campaign win the referendum and Sterling collapses

As of 11:30 ET on June 23rd, the leave campagn is leading the #Brexit referendum by 50.19% over Stay side with 115/382 reporting. Recession is a possibility if U.K did leave E.U. And look at the British pounds. It is collapsing. The last time we saw this low exchange rate was back during the financial crisis in 2009. 1 USD = 1.38 GBP – when was the last time we saw this exchange rate? This is also a terrible news for Euro as well..great time to plan a trip to Europe? ‪#‎Brexit‬

Tracking Brexit and Stock Market reaction

Brexit referendum vote is on June 23. Before the assassination of pro-EU politician Jo Cox, polling results favored the “Leave” campaign with 52% wanting to leave the EU bloc. But now the scale has slightly tipped in favor of the “Remain campaign”. But with 4 days still to g, before the final vote there is no clear winner. The market has started preparing for this uncertainty by selling off last week. The historical chart of Volatility index shows very low volatility over the last few months. But if the “Leave” group wins the referendum I expect a sharp sell off…

America’s fetish with Gun ownership

America’s fetish with Gun ownership

What a sickening society! According to Fast Company magazine, the licensed firearms dealers outnumbers both Starbucks and McDonalds in U.S.A. Number of Starbucks stores across the country – 11,500 Number of McDonadl stores – 14,000 Number of licensed firearms dealers and pawnbrokers in the country – 64,432 What does that say about our society? Get rid of the Second Amendment. I care more about the First amendment.

How to plan Cherry blossoms trip in Japan

How to plan Cherry blossoms trip in Japan Japanese call it “Hana – mi” which literally means Viewing of Cherry blossoms. The Cherry flowers are referred to as “Sakura” in Japanese. When did this tradition originate and how did it become a popular activity among both the locals and tourists? I have always wanted to witness the “Hanami” in person and use that as a reason to travel across Japan. It was almost early March when I finished my rather long backpacking adventure across South East Asia. I was taking a break in India for a few weeks. The northern…

Where to flee if Trump wins Presidency?

Where to flee if Trump wins Presidency?

Dear Americans, Where to flee if Trump wins Presidency? Let’s face it. The possibility of Trump being elected as the next President of United States is getting closer to becoming a reality. Independents tend to sway the outcome of every major election one way or the other, and most Independents may not vote for Clinton. Though some people truly believe Trump will make America great again (as his campaign message claims), and believe him to be the best choice to lead the free world. But for those looking to exit the country because you can’t imagine living under Trump’s presidency,…

Hyperloop fastest land based transportation system

Hyperloop fastest land based transportation system

Hopefully Hyperloop becomes a reality and not just a dream. Currently China and Japan boasts the fastest land based transportation system (bullet trains) in the world (at about 350 km/h). Hyperloop can top that speed at 1200 km/hr. It will take just 30 minutes between SF and LA. The challenge is to build the infrastructure across the state (and potentially the country). Technologically feasible but is it practical to implement? The thought process is that bullet train system costs more money (estimated at 68 Billion USD at today’s dollar value) and takes about 15 years to complete. Hyperloop costs less…

Done traveling for a while

Done traveling for a while

After a long adventurous 16 month backpacking around the world I finally decided to settle down in one place for a while. I came to Medellin last year and really fell in love with the place. I love the latin culture, cool all year around Spring weather, declining crime rate, free public facilities and much more. The internet connection is fast and stable. I think this will be a great place to setup my base and focus on some work for now. Read my other blog posts on Medellin – Back to Medellin Medellin Transformation

Where to flee if Trump gets elected as the next President?

Where to flee if Trump gets elected as the next President?

For U.S residents only. Let’s face it. The possibility of Trump getting elected as the next President of United States is getting closer to becoming a reality. Independents tend to sway the outcome of every major election one way or the other and most Independents may not vote for Clinton. In any case some people truly believe Trump will make America great again (as his campaign message goes) and believe him to be the best choice to lead the free world. But if you are one of those looking to exit the country because you don’t imagine living under Trump’s…

Back to Medellin, Colombia

Back to Medellin, Colombia

Back to my favorite city in the world. This time I am going to stay here for a couple of months. Medellin has a lot to offer. All the activities in the sports stadiums (Inder Deportes) are free including the gymnasium, soccer and tennis lessons, swimming pools etc. The city wide biking system (encicla) is absolutely free. Of course you have to return the bike every hour but you can take another one immediately. Biking in Medellin is much better than in NYC. You have dedicated bike path which allows one to bike without any intrusion from other traffic. Plus…