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Online Banking in Bolivia

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One very difficult thing in Bolivia is trying to figure out how to pay bills without knowing the language. I was without internet when I got home so I called a Bolivian friend from school to see what was going on. She asked if I had gone to the pharmacy to pay my bill and I said no. She told me to get a taxi and head over to pay it. I was reluctant because of the dark and she offered to come and drive over and take me.

There really isn't a mail system here, so when you get a bill stuck in your door it's time to pay your bills. I had a water bill stuck in my door the other day, so I should have done it earlier. But I had gone to the internet company to pay my bill and the landlord had to give me a code since it's not my house, so I wasn't able to pay it then.

We headed to the pharmacy where you have to go upstairs and stand in line. Then when you give them a bill it links to other bills and you pay in cash. Boy it's tough figuring things out! Rosario and I drove home and I was telling her how all my bills are online, and how easy it is to pay bills at home. She laughed and said, "What's the problem, you just did in line baking here in Bolivia." We looked upstairs and the line that had formed for others to pay their bills, and had a really good laugh.

I have been trying to find baking soda at the grocery store. I asked Rosalie where I could find it and she told me you have to get it at the pharmacy, and sure enough we had to stand in line and ask for it. There is some reason for it, having to do with making illegal drugs or something, but I was able to get a few small packages. Oh the shopping in Bolivia!

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Posted by dianeski4 17:35 Archived in Bolivia

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