I did a 5 day safari in the Serengeti in Tanzania. One of the fellow travellers on the safari was a Scot named John. John was one of these travellers who think anything that cost more than a dollar or had any sense of comfort. He obviously tries to spend as little as possible on their trips, and take a very specific pride in keeping the costs down.
He was the kind of guy who would say stuff like, “the place I stayed in last night was a cement room, 6 feet by 6 feet. It had no bed or electric light, and there was no hot water, or really water of any kind. I think I contracted cholera, but at least it only cost me $1.50 a night." Upon hearing where I stayed in Arusha (the Novotel), he obviously was not impressed with my travel style.
The funniest moment came on the 4th night, when we stopped briefly at one of the fancy lodges. We were doing a camping safari, but the driver stopped at the hotel to give us a chance to grab a beer, use a flush toilet and perhaps even splash some hot water on our faces. I grabbed a beer and took a seat at the bar. John wandered over holding a glass of Coca-cola with ice in it.
"$1 for a cola! Can you believe it? In 4 months in travelling Tanzania, I have never paid more than thirty cents!"
I really couldn't believe my ears. We were in the middle of the Serengeti plain, in a national park at least a days drive from any sort of civilization. I was amazed that somehow they were able to keep the beer cold being so far off the electricity grid, and John was complaining about the cost of a drink with purified, potable ice?