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Life around the world

Money, money, money

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CatherineBlogger

Exposure to different cultures is one of the main reasons I enjoy visiting other countries. There are other types of food, interesting people, new experiences … and one more thing that no one can escape from in a new country is a different currency.

Of course, there are now many countries that use the euro or the US dollar. This can make travel between such countries easier, as there will be no currency to exchange or different rates to adjust to. In my opinion, however, I like having different money to use and get used to when I travel. It is part of the cultural experience to hold money in your hand with a foreign monarch, president or historical figure gracing the coin or paper. When I visited Thailand and Vietnam last year, getting used to the fact that £1 is equivalent to over 42 Thai baht and 27,000 Vietnamese dong was also quite a good test for my maths skills!

If you have ever been to the U.K., you will know that the Queen’s head is on every banknote and every coin. We use the pound sterling (£) - also known as ‘a quid’ in slang terms - which is made up of 100 pence (p). I am living in the Quebec province of Canada this year and, interestingly, they also have the British Queen on their $20 banknotes. This is because she is also Canada’s Head of State. Living in a French-speaking province where Queen Elizabeth II features on their currency is really unique, like the province itself. The other famous people on the Canadian money include former prime ministers, as well as Canadian wildlife like the beaver, caribou and polar bear.

By the time I return to the UK in 2017, there will be new historical figures on our £5 and £10 banknotes (the 'fiver' and the 'tenner'): wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill and author Jane Austen. The banknotes will also be made of a material called polymer rather than paper, which has more security features and lasts longer than paper. In Canada, they are already using polymer banknotes and some people even think that the money smells of maple syrup, probably the country’s most well-known food!

Money is a great way to learn about the history of the countries you visit before it is inevitably spent having fun experiencing life abroad!

Discussion
What currency do you use in your country? Which famous people, places or images feature on your money?

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Laurailud 7 March, 2022 - 02:42

In my country, Colombia, the currency we use is the "Peso". The 50,000 peso bill features a Colombian novelist and poet of the romantic genre named Jorge Ricardo Isaacs Ferrer.

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JDMPC123 19 February, 2022 - 02:34

The 1000 Colombian peso coin has the characteristics that it is bimetallic (that is, it is formed by two parts of metal) on one of its faces it has the number 1000, below that number it has the word ''pesos'' and below that there is wavy lines that represent the waves of the sea. On the other side, there is a loggerhead turtle and in front of it there are wavy lines to represent waves. The value of this coin in dollars would be 0.25 dollars, or in other words, 25 cents.

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Julian7K2 19 February, 2022 - 00:52

The currency that everyone use in Colombia it´s the Colombian pesos, we have many kind of bills starting with the one thousand pesos and having even a one hundred thousand pesos bill; but I´m gonna talk about the first mentioned.
In the one thousand pesos bill there´s a pretty popular icon of the Colombian history: Jorge Eliecer Gaitán; he was one of the most important political leaders in the 20th century because everyone thought that he would become in the best Colombian leader, fighting against the social crisis and improving the lifestyle conditions of the different underprivileged sectors.
Sadly, he couldn´t keep going with all that planned process because Gaitan was murdered during all that campaing that made him grew up as an important person for the Colombian people

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Dannaojedap1 19 February, 2022 - 00:11

The currency of my country (Colombia) is pesos. We use several bills and coins that have a different value. For example, the bill of two thousand pesos. This bill is blue, it shows the artist Débora Arango, leaves and fruits of the milky tree and a bird in the part on the front. In part on the back you can see the river of the 5 colors and birds.

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