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Money Worries

By Madison Overbey My first major culture bump on our trip to South Africa occurred when it came time eat the first night. While we were at the airport I exchanged my American dollars for South African Rand. I essentially received R1 for every $6.75 after accounting for the exchange fees. When we got to dinner and opened the menu and saw that a pizza cost R75 my initial reaction was shock! I could not believe a pizza could cost so much. Then I remembered my exchange rate. I realized that R75 was equivalent to approximately $11.15 based on the exchange rate I received. Even better, that included tax. This same scenario has occurred each time I have to pay for something here in South Africa, but I am starting to get used to relating to my normal expenditures. (April 6, 2012)

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