Ever wondered if you could purchase anything decent for under a pound in the UK? Do you think that we are rip off Britain, well PUN have sent two researchers of around the world to see what they can buy for 80 Pence, there's nothing quite like playing FTSE underneath the table.
GBP 0.80p. = 102 Kenyan Shillings (KES)
My mission, which I gladly accepted was to discover exactly how far 80p (well, just under) would "stretch" in the 'Safari Capital of the World'' the actual capital city of Kenya, Nairobi.
With just 24hrs to do it in, the task was no mean feat! Surprisingly, it was a lot more expensive country than I imagined.
Whilst Nairobi is a cosmopolitan and multi cultural city, we were advised not to leave the hotel, due to the political unrest in Nairobi, much to my displeasure as I was quite looking forward to an early morning safari, a bit of ostrich riding, local markets and even a tour guide of the Masaai tribe, that to one side.... Do you know how much fun a girl can get up to in 24 hours……? Sadly, that was not my mission!
With only one night and a forthcoming holiday, I decided to spend the time pampering and grooming myself for hotter climates.
However, in the hotel, tourist prices were sky high and there was no way absolutely no way, I was going to get anything more than a soft drink for 100KES!
So on to Plan B... Extract real prices from the local ladies. I was eventually redirected to a 'tour guide', who offered 'off the record' tourist trips, but to cut a long story short he took me to a small 'estate', think local urban area... In my desperate, or should I say "tight" need to complete my mission!
Throwing caution to the wind, we headed off, on his scooter, with my maxi dress blowing in the wind.....
I managed a fabulous top to toe pamper at 100KES each:
- Eye Brow threading (well actually only 50KES)
- Hair conditioning treatment, wash and blow dry
- Hair corn rowed (think Lemar!)
All of the above was incredibly cheap, but don't be fooled these really are 'local' prices. For example in my hotel a pedicure was more like 1000KES as opposed to 100kes and a Hair Treatment 3000kes!
What you can expect for your 100KES irrespective of tourist or local areas are:
- Snacks, chocolate bars etc
- Local beer - Tasca
- 15 min Internet access
- Fruit; Bananas, Avocados, Oranges, 5/6 Mango’s and Pineapples
- Staple foods such as 4kg Flour, Sugar and Maize
And a rather pricey - Printing 2 A4 pages 50p each (my booking confirmation for my holiday).
Indulgently pampered, "I'm going to Miami“...............
Article by Dawne B / 25th April 2012
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