Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Money: Laundered, Unfolded, and Pressed

This is a picture of Ric ironing twenties.  He's really good at it.  It's how we're spending the second morning in Yangon.  The money system here is strange.  Officially, the US dollar is the currency, but you buy everything in kyat.  SO, you have to change your dollars, but no ATMs work with foreign ATM cards.  We were advised to come with cash, and we did, but many of our twenties are not in perfect condition.  Even though most of them are quite new, they do have some creases, and worse, some ink marks.  This makes it harder to get a good exchange rate.  We successfully changed some yesterday, but the frowny faces even from the roadside money changers inspired us to spruce up our bills for the rest of our Burma adventures.

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