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Show me the Money!

Cash, Traveller's Cheques or Credit Cards?

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I had a slightly disconcerting conversation with a person in my office today... she wasn't the first one to say it in fact (and this is why it was disconcerting) she was the latest addition to a growing list of people who said how common mugging is in Europe...

wtf! I found myself trying to remember the number of times anyone has threatened me with bodily harm... well, you can't drive in Delhi and not get a piece of that action but its rare for anyone to actually mean it, much less do anything...

I was working up a respectable amount of stress on the thought when I realised that that I had just said "Uncivilised"... ya, that did it... there might have been some muffled giggling which made people around me back off a bit but at least I was relaxed again...

Later I was trying to make sense of the fact that despite the history, why is it that you are more likely to get "mugged" in Europe while in India and around her, you're much more likely to get conned rather than beaten up... maybe we are the sneaky kind... is that better or worse?
There is much to be understood...

Anyway, since this issue did come up... I started thinking (more urgently) about the form in which I ought to take money along...

So I dropped a mail to my bank to figure out if my credit cards will work in Europe (likely) and will I have to pay anything over and above what I'd pay to use them here in India (very likely). Richard advised me to negotiate though I don't see how I'd be able to get in touch anyone who has the authority to waive off International Transaction Charges of one card...

Anyway, I figured I'd take my cards along but not use them unless I have to... take 50% cash and 50% Travellers' Cheques. But I am not sure how to break up each of these into Euros and Pounds...

Hmmm... so I am making this my "Think yourself to sleep" topic for tonight...

4 Days to go...

Posted by Singularis 10:36 Archived in India Tagged preparation

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