Impecunious and Indigent European Edventure - gonna make this a rich summer on a tiny budget

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  1. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    I looked into Western union. It's not their fees that get you. It's their exchange rate.
    The current rate for 1 USD is .89 Euro.
    Western Union's rate was 1 USD for .71 Euro.
    If push comes to shove, I will do it. But my wallet is already $2900 lighter than it should be and I was already impecunious when I had that money.
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  2. jays100

    jays100 Been here awhile

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    Yeah, you’ll have to find a bank to get the best exchanges. PP will get you the $ but you’ll have to exchange somewhere into Euros.
    Is that your experience?
  3. GiorgioXT

    GiorgioXT Long timer

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    Make it change at your bank and transfer Euro .
    Another possibility is to get a rechargeable bank card, with an IBAN #
    and send here the money through bank transfer
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  4. Pongo

    Pongo Been here awhile

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    man,
    Lost all your cash in your back pack, and now you do not even have access to your money to eat? or do you have a credit card or something?
  5. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    Right now i am surviving off of the kindness of friends. Next week, my luck should change
  6. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    PayPal now has an atm card that draws from your PayPal account. I dont have one but it is on my list for next time. Right now, I am getting some cash from Rads family to hold me over. And I transferred money via PayPal to Rad so he can reimburse his family.
  7. Francistor83

    Francistor83 Been here awhile

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    Transferwise is a brilliant solution with excellent rates and a free of charge mastercard debit card. Worth checking ;)
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  8. manshoon

    manshoon Been here awhile

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    Travelers checks are a great way to keep your money safe isn't it ? Cheap insurance for the " WTF did I just do " moments like what happened here ? I am surprised no one does that much anymore. Best wishes for the future EdadVentures and pictures fest that is yet to come. Drama is something that I thought just pestered me.
  9. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    Time to add the Ride to this Ride Report.
    Hitting the road
    Leaving CZ
    Next stop ...... Germany.


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  10. AirDrive

    AirDrive Terminal No0b

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    Looks like you're in for a great ride, regardless of what bike you're on!
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  11. bout2ride

    bout2ride Been here awhile Supporter

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    I looked into transfer wise....you might want to do a search on customer reviews first. I know nothing about Paypal's new venture with atm. after 2 or 3 months I went with the Schwab debit card on the recommendation of a fellow advrider thread herein. their level of security is awesome and I am more than pleased thus far. I am presently in the balkans and have had no issues thus far. just saying, :y0!
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  12. Romero

    Romero At Cinépolis or OXXO

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  13. Romero

    Romero At Cinépolis or OXXO

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  14. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    My brother Rad recommended the same. It is on my list now
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  15. flyingdutchman177

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    How's this for an excellent camp spot on my first night out. Not exactly a camping spot. But it did the trick

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    I was looking at my maps and I heard a big WHOOOMP!
    My kickstand sunk into the soft grass.
    Fortunately there was no damage

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    Leaving Germany. Heading into Austria and The Alps......... what this bike was made for

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  16. Kostya

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    I concur on the Schwab card. I have been very pleased with it.
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  17. flyingdutchman177

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    The traffic was horrible in Austria. I couldnt get out of first gear at times winding up into the Alps. Not what I was expecting. Posted some videos on my FB page.
    But once I got up to Switzerland, things opened up a bit

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    This is the fantastic road on the Swiss side that winds up to Stelvio.

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    There were 10 foot snow banks along side the road. I am realizing June is still early for travel in the Alps.
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    Made it over the pass to the Italian side and on another 200 meters in elevation to the Stelvio Pass.

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    To my surprise, the Stelvio Pass was still closed on the Italian side. This meant a huge detour around to get to my destination. Not complaining. It just meant more of the Alps to explore.
    The other thing was I noticed my bike didnt like to idle at the top of the pass. At 2500 meters, it was fine. But at 2700+, it would die if the revs were up and it would die coming back down to what should have been idle speed. I am not sure if my FI has an altitude compensating sensor. I know is it a closed loop early system. But it probably doesnt matter. The Stelvio is what I believe to be the second highest pass in the Alps. So I wont be going mych higher than 2500 meters on this trip

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  18. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    I was in Austria and Switzerland back in the mid 80's. Innsbruck, Geneva, Salzburg and Interlocken are the places I seem to remember the most clearly. Great times!
    Have some Gluhwein for me.
    Enjoy your time there and please keep the posts coming.
  19. Lopburi

    Lopburi Lost in paradise

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    Patty says I better run. Sitting on a plane. Can’t run.
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  20. danh600

    danh600 Long timer Supporter

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    I know there have been some mis-edventures to get there, but looking at that picture.
    I think you have to feel it's worth all the trouble.
    Enjoy your summer.

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