The Clips and Trips blog was put together in preparation for our leaving the U.S. on an indefinite world travel adventure which started around August of 2009 and returned us home in December of 2012. If you want to see where it all began, read our mission statement from before we left.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Candy Currency, Indonesia
Mostly, prices are in the thousands. However, when the 10% tax is added to the restaurant bill, or buying items at the grocery store, you'll see prices in the hundreds. For example, a bottle of Gatorade might cost 6,300 IDR. When you give the cashier 7,000 IDR for the Gatorade, you'd expect to get 700 IDR back. But, stores rarely carry the small denominations of coins. They may give you a 500 coin and in place of the two hundred rupiah owed to you, you get two hard candies.
When you look into the cash register, they actually have hard candies in the little section where the 100 coins should be. After a while, you end up with a lot of little candies you don't really want to eat and the cashier won't take candies as payment.