Coke, please!

5.12.2010

While we love it here, sometimes we feel like we have stepped into a time machine. Everything here is so different. Many of the things that we take for granted in the US have never been seen or heard of in Buj. One of the hardest things for us to get used to is that it is a cash only society. That's right... no credit cards, no debit cards, and no ATMs. One American dollar is worth 1200 francs. Yesterday I bought a bunch of bananas- as you can see by the receipt it cost me 2000.
Overall, the prices of meat and produce are lower than the US.  However, anything imported such as salad dressing, cereal, or ice cream is extremely expensive. For instance, a box of corn flakes costs around 24,000- which is $20.00! We will be so happy when our consumables shipment gets here- it will be nice to have some real American food. :)
We are happy to report that there are soft drinks here. We can choose from Coke, Sprite, Orange Fanta, or Lemon-Lime Fanta. The crazy thing is that it all comes in glass bottles.

When you want soft drinks, you buy a case of full bottles. When you have finished all of them, you exchange the empty bottles for a new case.  It ends up costing about 30 cents per drink, which isn't too bad.


 Not too long ago, I also found something pretty exciting- they actually have Diet Coke. It's called Coca-Cola Light, but it tastes the same. The bad news- it only comes in cans so it's pretty expensive-  about $1.50 per can. 


Luckily for me, I've found a drink I love almost as much as diet coke: Ananas. It's pure pineapple juice with no sugar added and it is delicious!


I hope everyone is doing well. We miss you guys!
princekids said...

I love your Blog and I can't wait to visit...tell Mr. Lynch I want him to make me a hula dress too!!! lol

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emily said...

I don't know if I could live without my diet coke!

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