Senior citizens in Mexico are asking the national bank to increase the size of their 50¢, $1 and $2 coins. I see it’s not just tourists like me who are holding their coins up to the light trying to find the right amount. I’ve got allies now.
A handful of $1 peso coins sit on my dresser, reminding me of a blunder one time I mistakenly underpaid at a small tienda, and then another late at night in a (thankfully honest) coffeehouse where I almost paid the equivalent of $100 US for coffee and quiche. Never good at math, I thought I had been doing so well, but travel can make your mind slack just when it needs to be sharpest. Now I have a credit card that doesn’t charge for overseas transactions — already my piece of plastic is source of comfort, a method of avoiding visibly scrutinizing my spare change, confirming any merchant’s strong suspicions that I was el gringo del día. [Read more…]