Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Costume shopping and mzungu prices

Today we went to Mitumba, the second hand clothes market, to buy costumes for our play. I have waxed lyrical about Mitumba many a time so shan't do so again. Save to say that I LOVE it. You can find all manner of marvelous things there. From Diesel jeans to skanky choopies (underwear) to silver cowboy boots. Its fab. ANyway I managed to not get distracted by these delights (not the choopies) and get all the stuff we needed for the play. We also went to the market to get materials for making props and I had to hide each time, wait for the actors to go and get the proper price and then appear to pay. "You need to hide with your white skin!"

Conducted an experiment. I said to one of the actresses. 
"How much would you buy these shoes for?" 
"6,000 shillings"
"How much do you think they'd charge me? 25,000 shillings?"
"Yes, about that"
So she went and asked. 6,000 shillings. I went and asked 25,000 shillings.


Forgive the brevity of my posts. I am ti-i-red! But really want to write more. So....



Janelle said...

you see? tired white. xxx j

There are Cuckoos in my Nest said...

Ah yes the "white" price not the "right" price...
Choopies - one of my favourite words along with dawa, dudu and kali!

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Oh well, at least you got good prices. I need a Tanzanian dictionary to learn about dawa, dudu, & kali along with the choopies! Get some rest.

JoeinVegas said...

That looks like the same window as in the last picture. Nice though.

Miranda said...

Joeinvegas - oops, you're right! Thats what happens when u write posts in a rush!

LF - there are some great Swahili words out there!

There are cuckoos in my nest - welcome! Choopies was the first Swahili word I learned! Popping over to yours now!

Janelle - yes indeedy!

Lemon Gloria said...

Choopies! What a fun word to say! Choopies choopies choopies!

Shiny said...

Oh I like it too! I will try to refer to my undies as such from now on xxx

Spiny Marshmallow said...

Avoid the choopies at all costs.

There are Cuckoos in my Nest said...

oh so funny, trying to teach this little mad house a new swahili word - they know dawa and kali and a few others but they cant get the hang of choopies - CHAPATIS they keep saying! Give it a day a week.

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