On Thursday I was in the Palmerston North Plaza. I needed to get to JB Hi Fi, and on the way out, I got offered some hand cream by the Premier Dead Sea people.
Well, of course I had to try it. They are great products after all!
I got a chance to ask my my #1 question, what are nice Israeli people doing here in remote Palmerston North? It turns out that they are young Israelis, having finished army duty, on working visas. What a great opportunity to work and travel at the same time.
I had so much fun with them. They would get me to try some skin product. It would be great. I would then ask the price - $150. "No, too much", I would say. "Is that your best price?". Always they would say. "Yes. That's the best price.... But just for you, we can do a deal". Of course.
"Too much" I would keep saying. "$30?".
"No. $150. But I'll give you this for free.."
"Too much". Then she got out the calculator, divided it by 12. "Look, it lasts the whole year ... only $12 a month"
"But I could buy my wife flowers each month for that." I am cheeky.
All the time I kept asking about what they thought of New Zealand, and relating my stories of Israel, Melbourne, the Souk and more.
In the end I didn't buy anything, but I had a lot of fun.