Mirror Reflections – Cote d’ Ivoire & Russia


Rope-Bridge

Life in Cote d’ Ivoire

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Suspension bridge over a river in the Urals

Life in Russia

Kopeks are more than three times smaller than this

 

image, and three times less valuable than in 2000.

 

Using money can be tricky. 

 

Sometime in my first years in Russia, a store clerk said Nyet and waved me towards the door.  She didn’t or wouldn’t accept my my 500 ruble bill.  Understandable, but I missed the patient explanation as to why, and the apology that I would likely have received back home in America.

 

Now with a better sales attitude, more currency in circulation, and computerized registers, stores accept ruble notes with no problem… but kopeks are another story……..

Visit: http://www.amrusob.blogspot.ru/

 

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