The article http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mexchangerates.html got me thinking about how much of a pain it was to travel around Europe until the Euro showed up. I traveled extensively in the 80’s and 90’s on business and always came back with a fist full of “finkles” (my favorite ficticous currency). I kept the various “finkles” in separate envelopes at home and used them on the next trip across the big swamp. Colorful? Yes. A pain? Yes.
Now the Euro is king of currency in Europe. My latest traveling has been much easier for just that reason…though I suppose we did loose some local color in the bargain.
Now the big question: is there an International “Euro” on the horizon? Boy wouldn’t that be great. I suppose it would be managed by the International Monetary Fund or UN or some other group. I’m sure that someone in high places has thought about this before. What’s the scoop?
Who knows, we might take one small step closer to a world community.