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Buying drinks the Massai way

6th November 2010

AH is in saving mode, so we go to a local bar to get him a beer. He is doing quite well with his Swaheli, but then gets stuck when the girl behind the bar doesn’t give him the expected 500 Shillings change.

There is a lot of wild gesturing during this impassee. A young Massai girl and I watch in fascination. We can’t help laughing, even though neither of us has really a clue what is going on.

A former barman from the Snake Park has to come to our rescue. He explains that AH will only get his change when he brings back the bottle.

The beer was meant for tomorrow, but AH now decides to drink it on the spot. He can now have the satisfaction that he saved... about 30 cents (20 pence)! Men!

Posted by TTraveller 07:09 Archived in Tanzania

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