Groceries are really expensive in Dakar, Senegal. I just went to the grocery for a few items at a ‘reasonably’ priced grocery (Superplus L’Essential), spent 15, 000 cfa ($30 USD) and got 2000 cfa ($4) in change. I bought:
1 litre Sprite 700 cfa
1 litre Fanta 700 cfa
2 litre apple juice 1700 cfa
small box ‘film’ (what we’d call Saran Wrap) 750 cfa
1 can Pringles 1500 cfa
can black beans 850 cfa
can black-eyed peas 775 cfa
can northern beans 775 cfa
15 eggs 1500 cfa
1 litre milk x 2 2400 cfa for both (UHT-can sit on a shelf)
now obviously Sprite, Fanta, and Pringles aren’t necessities, but we don’t have them every day, or week and the kids really wanted some. They are using the soda to try to make homemade popsicles.
Yesterday, I went to City Dia to get some other things.
Cheddar Cheese (1/2 kg)
Bread (small baguette good for sandwiches)
turkey for sandwiches
Other interesting thing-they don’t mess around with small coins. I gave them 15000 cfa, the total was 13050 cfa. The exact change would have been 1950 cfa, but instead they gave me 2000 cfa. If it had been the other way around, and the change had been more than 2000 cfa, but less than 2200, they would have rounded down.
The washing machine is as well. The air conditioning that is available is mounted high on the wall with the compressor immediately outside. A/C is room by room, not central. For instance, in the one “mall”, the stores have a/c, but the corridors connecting them do not.