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Somewhere, I am slipped a false 5 soles coin. Mostly when I’m given bills, especially larger ones, I keep an eye out but it never occured to me that it would make economic sense to produce fake coins. If I had ever thought about it at all I had always assumed that the cost of materials and production would make such an enterprise unprofitable. So, when the first woman rejects my coin with a harshly barked, “Falso!”,  I assume she is just being Peruvianly grumpy. However, the same scene is replayed many times and I eventually have to accept I’ve been passed a dud.

The coin on the right is false and the difference is obvious to eagle eyed Peruvian businesswomen. The oxidation is the give away sign.

Eventually, I pass the coin on to the proprietor of a sleazy hotel where I am promised a shower but soon discover that there is no water and that even flushing the toilet and washing my hands is not an option.

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  1. Fred | November 11, 2013 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Hi Anna,

    Sorry, are you sure that the right one is the false coin ? My eyes tell me the contrary….

    Wish you the best.

  2. julie begg | November 13, 2013 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    I love those spontaneous road signs – they tell a story in themselves. No point voting for politicians, after all, when you can vote for fish or flowers! Glad to see you are meeting up with people along the way. Some of those road shots look awfully lonely.
    I am about to go to Sydney to see Zanny’s new house and celebrate Saoirse’s birthday, then to Bundeena to stay with Jenny. Maybe you could skype us there. We would love to hear from you. Keep well.
    Xx Julie

  3. Sarah | November 18, 2013 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Happened to me too – the false coin thing. Only in Peru!

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