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LearnServe Jamaica, Day 14: Tourists for a day


The bargain shopper, Gabby

Hello peoples! Today we went shopping :D!!!!!

Let me tell you, shopping in Jamaica is very different from shopping in America. It was a totally new experience for me, because I had to bargain and I have never bargained for anything before. I messed up a couple of times. I brought this necklace at one marketplace that was US $10, but I bargained it down to US $7. But when I went to another market place, I saw the same necklace, so I asked how much it was. The lady who was selling it said it was US $6 and then I said, “Are you serious?” The lady said, “What, too much?” I was really upset because I felt cheated. I wished I could go back in time and that I hadn’t bought the necklace at the place where I got it from. I did, however, I make some really good purchases. I bought 2 pairs of earrings from a man who worked at a marketplace for 22 years. I don’t remember what I paid for them for, but my friend did the math and the man only got a US$2 profit. One thing that I really like is that there are no taxes at the marketplace!!! So the price they told me is the price I pay. Okay, so besides shopping the other big news is that we are back in Kingston which is awesome. Hooray for hot water.

I really do miss modern technology. I really love helping people, but I also miss warm water, bug free beds, being able to brush my teeth with tap water without worrying about catching something.

Overall Jamaica is really different from my home: the people are different, the houses are different, and the shopping is different. Jamaica may be different but I love it all the same.  ~Gabrielle





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