People often ask me about prices in Nepal. I guess everyone assumes that, because Nepal is a third world country, prices would be unbelievably low and everything would be dirt cheap. But it’s not exactly like that. Food here is expensive, and especially if you’re on a western diet you need to be prepared to spend a lot of money in the grocery store. The standard of living here is very low, but the prices are the same as in Croatia or USA. Sometimes even higher! I was excited to have found whipping cream in the store and was reaching for it happily when I realized the price of it is 550 NPR. That’s almost USD 6, or 35 HRK!!! No whipping for me here. However, if you buy local products or go into the local market, you’ll get stuff in a very cheap price (especially if you can somehow mask the white skin).
I have been saying every day that I need to learn Nepali because it is becoming increasingly more difficult for me to get around, communicate with family and sometimes even friends. I have one book that I bought before coming here but it proved to be too much of an undertaking to study from it, so it’s just sitting in my drawer. Yesterday my husband showed up at home with a teach-yourself-Nepali book that is full of useful and simply explained phrases so that I can start practicing my Nepali. This morning I took a closer look at the book and realized the price of the book is 240NPR (USD 2.5 or 14 HRK). Can you believe that? Where in the world can you get a book for 14 HRK??? I’m actually convinced you can hardly get a notebook for that price, let alone a whole book!
If the prices of all books here are as low as that one, I might just build myself a library here. Finally I’ll be able to afford to attend to my book addiction.