Hey look! I think it’s money!
Blog Guy, I’m going on vacation soon to that brand-new country, South Sudan, and I need some of your famous travel advice. Should I convert my dollars here, or wait until I get there?
I think you’ll have to do it there. They only introduced their currency a couple of days ago.
I guess they just owed each other. I mean, it’s a great excuse if you think about it. “Jeez, I’d like to pay you for this tuna fish and these flip-flops, but unfortunately, money doesn’t exist yet.”
So now that the South Sudan Pound does exist, what is it worth?
My guess would be absolutely nothing, but that’s just a rough estimate.
Anything special I should know about the local currency customs?
Yeah, it appears from our photos that it’s polite to make a big show of money over there. In the bank, makes sure lots of folks see you get your cash. Then, when you come outside, fan out your bills and smile enthusiastically.
Gosh, doesn’t that attract robbers?
I wouldn’t worry. If they’ve only had money for two days, robbery probably hasn’t become a profession yet.
Top: A man from South Sudan displays new currency notes outside the Central Bank of South Sudan in Juba, July 18, 2011. South Sudan started rolling out its new currency on Monday — the South Sudan Pound — escalating a point of simmering disagreement with Khartoum after the country split away from the north on July 9. REUTERS/Benedicte Desrus
Right: South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir receives new currency notes from a bank teller at the Central Bank of South Sudan in Juba, July 18, 2011.
Left: Men from South Sudan display new currency notes outside the Central Bank of South Sudan in Juba, July 18, 2011.
REUTERS photos by Benedicte Desrus