Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Give me one dollar

I have to say that Cambodia is the first country where I did not have problems with taxi drivers. They are all gentle, polite, and smiling. There is almost no bargain with them: they ask you a price, you say ‘no’ and propose yours, and they accept. Finish. Ah, Cambodia: what a country!

But I have to say that, as in most poor countries unfortunately, you are often the target of kids that beg for money: “Give me one dollar. I’ll give you a postcard”. “Give me one dollar: I’ll give you this bracelet”. “Give me one dollar. I’ll give you this scarf”.

I usually tend to snick out without giving them too much leeway, but I could not avoid to engage in a highly intellectual discussion with this child:

“Give me one dollar, give me one dollar”. “Give me one dollar, give me one dollar”.

“Why should I give you one dollar, you don’t sell anything”.

“Where do you come from?”.


“If I tell you the capital of Italy, will you give me one dollar?”.

“Why should I give you one dollar, I know the capital of Italy”.

“Give me one dollar, give me one dollar”.

“Ok, let’s do this: if you tell me the capital of the country that I choose, I’ll give you a dollar ”.


“What’s the capital of Madagascar?”.


‘What’s the capital of Burkina Faso”.


“What’s the capital of Iceland”.


I had to give her one dollar…


  1. Dovrei dare 1 dollaro anche a te... come diavolo facevi a conoscere i nomi di quelle capitali?

  2. Matteo MarchisioJune 1, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    perche' ci sono stato ;)

  3. silvia said:
    ma la capitale dell'Italia???????

  4. Matteo MarchisioJune 13, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    milano capitale, roma succursale ;)