Small Change

Bolivia, like many Latin American countries, suffers from a serious lack of change. People dislike changing big bills in several countries I’ve been to (Nicaragua), but here in Bolivia people horde coins. When you buy something that costs _1 or _2 bolivianos, they will always ask you for a 1 or 2 boliviano coin to give you back only bills. It’s fun little game seeing how much change you can collect and centavos (cents) are even harder than regular boliviano coins. It’s not uncommon to people to slightly over or underpay for something because 20 centavo coins are much more prevalent than 10 centavo coins. My favorite method to dealing with this problem is at the cornerstore by my house: they give you a candy in place a 10 centavo piece.

Small Change

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