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    Re: Any European Travelers in here?

    "i_bleed_purple" wrote:
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    Dang it...for some reason I can't quote anything.

    Any card that's attached to a chequing account will work.
    You must have a 4 digit PIN.
    Good point huxx.
    Make sure you know the numbers for your code, not letters.
    There are no letters on the atm keys in europe.
    what? you have letters?
    You must be one of the few countries in the whole world that use letters, as I've never seen them anywhere else.
    (also one of the few that still use the Imperial system for measurement too )
    Thats because the Imperial system rocks!
    If it didnt why do you all still refer to the milage a car gets.
    That because we all know you could pull a muscle in your tounge trying to say Kilometerage.
    Besides all civalized societies still measure golf courses in yards, and that right there is proof enough for me.

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    Re: Any European Travelers in here?

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    An ATM will always give the best exchange (assuming it's on the Visa network), don't go to a teller anywhere.
    Use your check card wherever possible.
    The only Euro's we take while going is enough for an emergency, such as cab fare.
    Then just find an ATM while there.
    This is very true.
    My wife and I used our check card efverywhere it was suprisingly simple.
    The only thing that might catch you right now is the weak dollar thanks to GWB and his cronies

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    Re: Any European Travelers in here?

    ok,

    the best place to ever exchange money is either Western Union (usually a small 1-2% change if you get charged and get a WU card in the states it's free and u get cheaper exchanges, plus they are always secure!) or, find a EU-Exchange. these were designed to have base flat 1-2 euro charge and to help all EU countries facilitate currency with turists. They are supposed to have one @ the airport (becareful where u go some countries put in their own.. Euro-Exchange which is not the same)
    banks in europe will charge u a steady % and give the worst of the exchange rates.

    I have also found it's worse changing in the states as you get over charged and under rated for the money value..


    as far as cards go, all atms in EU require a 4 digit code. and 80% of the places do NOT have those handy self swipe debit/credit card pieces.. you have to give it to the teller. and let them do it the old way.

    also, be wary of ATM hijackers.
    They have set up small readers/camera's on lots of the atms esp in turist areas. last year they caught 15 groups of people doing it in athens, and another 20 some around the islands.
    this isn't to scare you, just be causious when you put your card into an atm that it doesn't look tampered with and cover your hand when u put in yer pin code.

    depending on what country yer in too.. sometimes u can get to bargin down prices if u use cash instead of a CC.

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    Re: Any European Travelers in here?

    thanks for all the good info, I appreciate it.

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    Re: Any European Travelers in here?

    Don't do it at the airport, if i were you i'd pay with your creditcard/worldcard
    Rosie O'Donnell is a dude!

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    Re: Any European Travelers in here?

    It's been a long time since I've spent time in Europe, mostly Germany and Luxemburg....But did get to spend some time tossing back some pints in the airport in Englang ( heathrow ) spelling?


    How far back?
    I remember I was getting 2.4 German Marks to 1 USD... ;D

    But those days are long gone







    Most of my travles now take me to SE Asia, mostly spent in the Philippines.







    My wife and I have a bank account there, and we do use our Visa ( American Accounts) in the ATM's there.
    No problems ever and very up to date exchange rates, usually top Peso for Dollars.







    If we do need to cash in on American Cash for Peso's, they have what are called Money Changers,
    simply a booth in all Malls.
    We have always gotten our best rates of exchange in these places.
    Sometimes even at a higher rate than the exchange has posted for that day.
    They also love big denomination, crispy new bills.
    Like $100.00's and $50.00's.
    If all hundreds, I've even had them offer more right there if I act like I'm just asking, with going elswhere in mind.
    Some people believe these booths are " Black Market" money handlers, but they are in all malls, and they don't hide it, so must be okay.






    I realize a bit off topic my ending paragraph is, but maybe some compatabilitys in it somewhere..









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    Re: Any European Travelers in here?

    "Turboe" wrote:
    "i_bleed_purple" wrote:
    "SKOL" wrote:
    "huxx" wrote:
    Dang it...for some reason I can't quote anything.

    Any card that's attached to a chequing account will work.
    You must have a 4 digit PIN.
    Good point huxx.
    Make sure you know the numbers for your code, not letters.
    There are no letters on the atm keys in europe.
    what? you have letters?
    You must be one of the few countries in the whole world that use letters, as I've never seen them anywhere else.
    (also one of the few that still use the Imperial system for measurement too )
    Thats because the Imperial system rocks!
    If it didnt why do you all still refer to the milage a car gets.
    That because we all know you could pull a muscle in your tounge trying to say Kilometerage.
    Besides all civalized societies still measure golf courses in yards, and that right there is proof enough for me.
    then why do olympic runners run the 100 meter dash?
    They even run the 1600m run, which is not exacly a mile.
    doctors will give you 20 millograms of a drug, my civic has a 1.7 Litre engine.
    Your computer has an 80 Gigabye hard drive.
    This post I'm typing is about a Kilobyte.
    I prefer freezing to be 0 degrees, and boiling to be 100, instead of freezing being 32 degrees and boiling being 212.
    As for golf courses, probably has something to do with the fact golf was invented in britain, one of the few countries left who still hangs on to this terminology.

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    Re: Any European Travelers in here?

    "i_bleed_purple" wrote:
    "Turboe" wrote:
    "i_bleed_purple" wrote:
    "SKOL" wrote:
    "huxx" wrote:
    Dang it...for some reason I can't quote anything.

    Any card that's attached to a chequing account will work.
    You must have a 4 digit PIN.
    Good point huxx.
    Make sure you know the numbers for your code, not letters.
    There are no letters on the atm keys in europe.
    what? you have letters?
    You must be one of the few countries in the whole world that use letters, as I've never seen them anywhere else.
    (also one of the few that still use the Imperial system for measurement too )
    Thats because the Imperial system rocks!
    If it didnt why do you all still refer to the milage a car gets.
    That because we all know you could pull a muscle in your tounge trying to say Kilometerage.
    Besides all civalized societies still measure golf courses in yards, and that right there is proof enough for me.
    then why do olympic runners run the 100 meter dash?
    They even run the 1600m run, which is not exacly a mile.
    doctors will give you 20 millograms of a drug, my civic has a 1.7 Litre engine.
    Your computer has an 80 Gigabye hard drive.
    This post I'm typing is about a Kilobyte.
    I prefer freezing to be 0 degrees, and boiling to be 100, instead of freezing being 32 degrees and boiling being 212.
    As for golf courses, probably has something to do with the fact golf was invented in britain, one of the few countries left who still hangs on to this terminology.
    Your sports analogy doesnt hold water.
    You can take all your Olympic dashes, and doping, they dont measure to the fact that golf (the greatest game ever invented) has it right.


    As far as your civic goes (I am not sure I would admit it in public if my engine only had 1.7 Liters, I still prefer a 351 Cleveland) that is a bad arguement as everyone knows that engines were better when they were measured in cubic inches, you are helping me make my case.


    Braging that computer terminology is in Gigabytes, etc also has some holes in it.
    Computers often crash, are unreliable, and cause people grief, perhaps if information on computers were measured in tons rather than bytes they might run more efficiently.
    I mean just last week I was telling someone that I had tons of work I had to get done on my computer.
    Maybe if my computer would have been set up to handle that without conversion I might have actually gotten more of it done.
    When is the last time your buddy called you to go golfing or fishing or whatever you do, and you said "I would love to, but I have a gigabyte of work that I have to get done before I could play."

    As far as freezing goes I prefer it to be 32 degrees and I also prefer it to be somewhere other than where I live.
    And I hope it never get to boiling so I dont care what temperature they use for that.
    Although think Al Gore's fictional movie said that will be the average temperature in Maine like next summer.

    Other than that I think you Canadians have got a several things going for you, your hockey is better, your beer is good, and Tim Hortons are not too shabby.
    But I still beg to differ with you on the gallons vs Liters.
    And besides I always remember your Liters of gas in addition to being in the wrong system of measurements being way too expensive as well.

    Again though I have enjoyed lots of golf in Canada, I appreciate that they had the common decency to keep the courses in yards.
    The exchange rate was bad enough without having to translate how far my 6 iron would go in meters.

    LOL

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    Re: Any European Travelers in here?

    "Turboe" wrote:
    "i_bleed_purple" wrote:
    "Turboe" wrote:
    "i_bleed_purple" wrote:
    "SKOL" wrote:
    [quote author=huxx link=topic=45473.msg788773#msg788773 date=1212637017]
    Dang it...for some reason I can't quote anything.

    Any card that's attached to a chequing account will work.
    You must have a 4 digit PIN.
    Good point huxx.
    Make sure you know the numbers for your code, not letters.
    There are no letters on the atm keys in europe.
    what? you have letters?
    You must be one of the few countries in the whole world that use letters, as I've never seen them anywhere else.
    (also one of the few that still use the Imperial system for measurement too )
    Thats because the Imperial system rocks!
    If it didnt why do you all still refer to the milage a car gets.
    That because we all know you could pull a muscle in your tounge trying to say Kilometerage.
    Besides all civalized societies still measure golf courses in yards, and that right there is proof enough for me.
    then why do olympic runners run the 100 meter dash?
    They even run the 1600m run, which is not exacly a mile.
    doctors will give you 20 millograms of a drug, my civic has a 1.7 Litre engine.
    Your computer has an 80 Gigabye hard drive.
    This post I'm typing is about a Kilobyte.
    I prefer freezing to be 0 degrees, and boiling to be 100, instead of freezing being 32 degrees and boiling being 212.
    As for golf courses, probably has something to do with the fact golf was invented in britain, one of the few countries left who still hangs on to this terminology.
    Your sports analogy doesnt hold water.
    You can take all your Olympic dashes, and doping, they dont measure to the fact that golf (the greatest game ever invented) has it right.


    As far as your civic goes (I am not sure I would admit it in public if my engine only had 1.7 Liters, I still prefer a 351 Cleveland) that is a bad arguement as everyone knows that engines were better when they were measured in cubic inches, you are helping me make my case.


    Braging that computer terminology is in Gigabytes, etc also has some holes in it.
    Computers often crash, are unreliable, and cause people grief, perhaps if information on computers were measured in tons rather than bytes they might run more efficiently.
    I mean just last week I was telling someone that I had tons of work I had to get done on my computer.
    Maybe if my computer would have been set up to handle that without conversion I might have actually gotten more of it done.
    When is the last time your buddy called you to go golfing or fishing or whatever you do, and you said "I would love to, but I have a gigabyte of work that I have to get done before I could play."

    As far as freezing goes I prefer it to be 32 degrees and I also prefer it to be somewhere other than where I live.
    And I hope it never get to boiling so I dont care what temperature they use for that.
    Although think Al Gore's fictional movie said that will be the average temperature in Maine like next summer.

    Other than that I think you Canadians have got a several things going for you, your hockey is better, your beer is good, and Tim Hortons are not too shabby.
    But I still beg to differ with you on the gallons vs Liters.
    And besides I always remember your Liters of gas in addition to being in the wrong system of measurements being way too expensive as well.

    Again though I have enjoyed lots of golf in Canada, I appreciate that they had the common decency to keep the courses in yards.
    The exchange rate was bad enough without having to translate how far my 6 iron would go in meters.

    LOL
    [/quote]







    Turbo,






    That post must have been a Ton of Fun to write, or should I say, A bunch of Kilo's of Fun?....
    ;D


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    Re: Any European Travelers in here?

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    Turbo,







    That post must have been a Ton of Fun to write, or should I say, A bunch of Kilo's of Fun?....
    ;D
    It was, I love having a little fun like that.
    I was hoping "bleed" takes it for what it was a little goodhearted ribbing and not a shot at his country.
    I have appreciated all the good information that he and others have given on here.

    How are you feeling Ned?
    I haven't been on here much lately as I am very busy, but I have tried to click on your ongoing health thread as I see it.
    But I was just wondering how you are doing.
    I am going to see my Dad in 2 weeks for the first time since his back surgury several months ago where 9 screws and a couple rods were used, I know he is still having a very slow time of the recovery, but you are younger than he is and I hope your recovery is moving along.

    Continued good luck.

    By the way does anyone know do you need to buy a different calling card for every country in Europe or do the minutes cross over country lines if you by a specific kind of card can you use it at any payphone in Europe?
    Again my wife was wondering so that she can call back here everyonce in a while from the various places that they are.

    Thanks again.

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