Sunday, December 7, 2008
From Change in the US to no change in Argentina.
Sorry for the pun.
An interestng/extremely frustrating aspect of living in Buenos Aires is the fact that there is a chronic shortage of coins in the city (and from what I hear, the entire country). Slate ran a great article discussing this problem here: "Yes We Have No Monedas!" (spotted via here). It's an interesting read even if you aren't afflicted by this like I am. I have to say, living with this problem forces you to become very creative and resourceful, especially if you need to catch a bus (coins only).
The other day a bartender gave me two 1 peso coins as change instead of a 2 peso bill and I almost dropped my drink.