We have managed to get a large discount on our room due to our length of stay and another couple of reasons but part of the deal is that we had to pay for the entire stay in advance, once we were happy with our room.
This we did and we gave the money (in dollars) to the receptionist who is a lovely chap and speaks good English. As he was carefully counting the stash of cash he said that what we were paying him for our three week stay, it would take him one whole year to earn.
It doesn't take much to be reminded of the differences in life in some countries and even less to be instantly humbled. We are so, so fortunate and never take it for granted.