Something completely different from the cafes in Norway. However, it is not just in this situation where I have been surprised. Even shopping for vegetables and food is completely different than in Norway. It can be a challenge in itself – or a fun game, as I like to call it. In Nepal, as many other Asian countries, bargaing is expected. Everywhere you walk in this crowded city you are surrounded by swarms of people trying to sell you something. They offer everything from the “best knives made in Nepal”, jewellery and bananas. Everything is about bargaining on the things you want to buy – and I really love it!
I love having fun with the people in the marked and try to get the price as low as I possibly can. At most times they could say a price which is too high – and then they expect you to bargain. If you are seriously bargaing you could reduce the prize by 6 or 7 times the original starting price in a couple of minutes. For example, the first time we went to the marked together we paid 120 rupees for 6 apples (8kr) each– which we thought was a very good deal (compare to Norway). Though, when I went to the marked alone last week I got tomatoes, gingers, pumpkin, onions, chillies, celery’s and root vegetables all for 200 rupee (14kr). 200 RUPEES! You can barely buy a gum in Norway for that money, so I got really surprised- and I must admit; the feeling was quite good when the bargaining went so well by speaking Nepali – and especially since they thought I was a local doing shopping in the marked.
So, we have figured out that, how you are perceived at the marked relates to prices you get on your groceries. For example, your local language, your clothes and not at least your appearance. If you look like a foreigner, the price will be thereby. Therefore, we have came to an agreement that I will be going to the market from now on to do the vegetables shopping, while Camilla will go to the mall where the prices already are fixed – a good division between us indeed.
So, do you have a bargaining culture where you live? If yes, how is that and how do you deal with it? Leave a comment here or follow us on our Facebook profiles: Camilla Ungdomsdelegat and Thanuya Ungdomsdelegat
All the best,