When I arrived in Port of Spain, Trinidad yesterday, I knew that the exchange rate was quite high for U.S. currency over the TT...its 6.1 TT to each U.S. dollar. Wowza! Now, before I began looking up shopping destinations, I had to get a feel for the prices of things in Trinidad. I mean, 6.1 is a fantastic exchange rate, but that doesn't mean that things are going to be cheap! While I was in Barbados in August, I found that the prices of things were actually equal to the prices in the US - despite having a 2 to 1 exchange rate.
I was starving when I landed in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Unfortunately, the only shops in their "food court" - and I use that term loosely - were Subway, Church's Chicken, KFC and some deli...I will just say that the food items in the deli had flies buzzing around them, so that was not an option. And I didn't come all the way to Trinidad to eat fried chicken, so I opted to save my appetite for later and just have a small sub from Subway while I waited the 3 hours until my husband arrived on his flight.
That Subway? Well, I think it was spoiled, because it tasted rancid and I had to spit it out and throw it away. But, I did find out the average value of the TT. My 6 inch Subway club was $25.99 TT. It came out to about $5.75 US...which is right on par with our costs back home. So, while the US dollar is strong in Trinidad, it's not THAT strong that I can go on a shopping spree.
But...I do have to say that I feel like a total baller with over $1000 in my wallet - even if it is in TT!
And dinner at the Hilton last night with my husband? Granted, it was expensive even by my taste at $50 US a person...but in TT?
What's the craziest exchange rate you've ever experienced with foreign currency? I'd love to hear about it!