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Starting 1976, the currency of Botswana is called pula. In Setswana (one of the languages spoken in Botswana), pula means rain – it doesn’t rain very often in Botswana, hence rain is a valuable good.
A dollar is 10 pulas and a bit. A banana is two pulas. Lunch food from the supermarket is between 15 and 20 pulas. A good meal in a medium/good restaurant is around 40 pulas or more. A bus ticket from Maun to Gaborone is 190 pulas. A shared taxi anywhere in the city is 4 pulas.
Adi didn’t change money at the border, so me and Luci gave him a few pulas. But actually he only needed one pula to pay for his hot dog. Until Okavango Delta, I always had with me two pulas, but when the guys went to South Africa, I was left without any pula…and what do you think they’ve decided to take with them from Botswana as a souvenir? Exactly! A pula!
Now…”pula” in Setswana means rain. What do you think that it means in Romanian? Call fast your Romanian friend (you must know a Romanian!) and ask this very important question. Make sure, though, not to put it in a sentence like “Ce pula mea vrei?”, “Ți-am dat o pulă.”, ”Cadoul de la tine e ca pula.”.