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Tips

A warning: since most of us no longer bother with Travellers Cheques, instead using ATM withdrawals, it pays to be prepared… Have at least 2 accounts with separate banks (and with funds in them) and also have some cash.

In the last 24 hours I have had 2 accounts blocked for attempting to withdraw over the daily limit (not much over, but hard to calculate when in a foreign currency and needing to factor in their fees), also each bank has their own limits – no explanation given, just blocked.
All cleared after calls to the bank – £1.49/ minute to listen to how important my call is, and they will get right to me ASAP – or at least it would be, if I wasn’t able to call via the internet – another handy tip (InternetCalls.com).

Depending on where you are this could cause severe difficulty… have at least 2 working accounts.

There are lots of rules associated with dining out; some local, some international.

Some examples:

No European south of the Channel would consider having a Cappuccino, cafe au lait or cafe con leche after noon – sits too heavy on the stomach. And as for those lattes that the English are obsessed with; eughhh… Incidentally: ‘latte’ means milk in Italian, simple really.

Pizza is generally an evening thing in Italy – a true Pizza oven will take time to reach the correct temperature, and this will take all day if its wood fired.

Paella the other hand is consumed at lunchtime – that amount of rice should not be eaten late on the day as it will ‘sit on the stomach all night’ – something that Spaniards live in fear of generally…

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