Cusco at Night and About Haggling
Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
23Trip End Jul 05, 2009
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We got to meet even more people around the Plaza... and I was ready. Ready for what you may ask? As we got to Lima, one of the things that got into my head was trying to really get into the culture. And what better way to do that than practice my Espanol through haggling.
Allow me to take a step back and discuss haggling a bit
With that out of the way, I run into the two cute little girls (see second pic). They come waltzing towards me with their pretty little smiles, and their pretty little souvenirs. Little do they know I'm ready for 'em. This is how it went:
Cute older girl: Would you like to buy some finger puppets? *twinkle in her smile* (Finger puppets btw are a typical tourist souvenir in Peru.)
Me: Cuanto questa? (How much?)
Cute older girl: 6 for 5 soles *twinkle in her smile again*
Me: (thinking, you ain't breaking me down little girl) Muy caro
Cute older girl: Por favor senior, 5 for 4 soles. *twinkle twinkle* (btw I'm bartering for about a dollar, 3 soles roughly equals 1 US dollar... no matter)
Me: (now that's clever, reducing the quantity of goods but maintaining the average price somewhat) No dinero chica (then I make a motion of hunger for my stomach... I'm sure she'll feel sorry for ME)
In any case, this went on for 5-10 minutes or so, and I eventually felt satisfied with giving her some thought about not swindling me. For those ready to jump on my throat for berating a cute Peruvian kid, I did end up buying about 10 finger puppets over her asking price and tipping her 3 soles on top of that. Rowena handed out some lollipops (that was Rowena's thing with the kids) and we happily took our group photo.