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Getting Irritated

How the heck do I find out if there is an ATM in the Geneva International Airport.  I've already determined that *some* taxis take credit cards, but I want a plan B.

It would be much less frustrating if *I* was going to Switzerland, but it's my boss.  I've nailed down everything except getting her from GVA to the hotel - and she won't have local currency.

Very frustrating.  Grrr.

EDIT: information procured, *including* checking the rate of exchange so that she knows roughly how many Swiss francs she'll need AND how much that equates to in US dollars.  Good value for the dollar in Switzerland still...

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kls_eloise
Jul. 7th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, after fighting with the website for an hour, my husband just pointed out that I'm on the wrong tab. That I didn't even notice...

[headdesk]
rocksryan
Jul. 7th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
from a quick Google:
from a message board:here
At the arrival hall, there is an UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland) ATM "Plus", which normally means, that you can either withdraw Swiss francs and/or EUR at the same ATM.
kls_eloise
Jul. 7th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
As I mentioned in the comment above, I've just spent an hour on the wrong tab, without even realizing that there WERE tabs.

Sigh.

I blame the IT department for scrambling my brains getting her PDA and laptop set up for international use. Now I'm confused and useless...
golden_meliades
Jul. 7th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
I figure the most annoying thing I could say right now would be to ask if you checked the shopping/services tab, especially since it's already been pointed out to you above, just after you'd realized yourself that there WERE tabs but before you could edit your entry.

...

Well, I wouldn't have noticed those tabs, either. Honestly they don't look like tabs, they look like design blocks.
kls_eloise
Jul. 7th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Exactly. And since I followed a link that took me to the "Traveler's" section as opposed to coming in from the home page...

The only thing better than having a moment of sheer idiocy is doing it in public. Loudly. :-)

*I* think she ought to bring me some chocolate. I think I'll suggest it.
golden_meliades
Jul. 7th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
It's *amazing* how many problems to which one of the solutions is 'luxury chocolates'. :)
kls_eloise
Jul. 8th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Oh yes. :-D
golden_meliades
Jul. 8th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
If only one of those many problems was the problem of how to be fit and healthy ;) (My problems would all be over! The way *I'm* doing it, it's bloody hard work!)
galingale
Jul. 8th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
Random thoughts that made me think
I travelled in high school & college in the old days -- with traveller's checks. When I went overseas as a grownup for the first time I bought traveller's checks...and was soooo delighted to spot the euro-exchange booth at the airport. Give them an American credit card, they give you euros. Woo hoo! Although since then my credit card's per-month foreign-exchange fee has turned into a per-transaction fee so I am less excited.
Add to that, I have had traveller's checks reissued when lost/stolen-- so I will probably not give them up completely as long as I can get them for free with my AAA membership.
kls_eloise
Jul. 8th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Random thoughts that made me think
Ah - except almost no one *accepts* traveler's checks any longer. And a lot of banks in the US won't accept them so that you can get your cash back - even if it's the bank that issued them. Too many problems with fraud. They have gone the way of the dodo (or are well on the way.)

I just need to get her about CFH 40 for the taxi, and she'll be all set, and there are several ATMs in the arrival area. If she can get a cab that'll take credit cards though, that will make the expense report MUCH easier. Plastic all the way, baby!
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