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TOL: Those Cost How Much?!?

So far, everything in Bogotá has been very inexpensive:

  • Lunch: $5
  • Movie with small popcorn and soda: $12
  • Average 15-20 minute cab ride: $6

I finally found something that is outrageously expensive compared to home. I paid $20 for these pecans for the charoset I was assigned to bring to Passover seder.

When I took the package off the shelf, it was full and would have cost almost $50. I had misread the price (move the decimal one place to the left and the cost is reasonable). It had not occurred to me to ask whether I could buy less than the full pack. I am grateful the checkout clerk (1) called my attention to the actual price and (2) offered to sell me a smaller quantity.

BTW, walnuts weren’t even an option.

Outrageously expensive pecans

Outrageously expensive pecans

TOL: Culture Mixing

Last night, I was in Bogotá eating dinner at an Italian/Mediterranean restaurant, drinking Argentine wine, when the chicken dance song comes on – in French. Cultural dissonance? Harmony? Mixture?

Whatever you call it, it’s a small world.

Mediterranea Andrei logoNote: The restaurant is Mediterranea de Andrei in the Usaquén neighborhood. The dinner was delicious and I would go back.

TOL: I Paid 20,000 For…

… a manicure/pedicure. Turns out that’s less than $8 (and included the tip I chose to give—some American habits are hard to break). I could get used to this.

Next up: finding out how much massages are.

Postscript: I discovered that this might have been a slightly expensive mani/pedi by Bogotá standards. I am living in a nice part of town and I think the salon is priced accordingly. While wandering through a neighborhood close to school, I saw mani/pedis advertised for anywhere from 2,000-4,000 less.

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