Friday, July 25, 2008


The island has a bank. But the ATMs at the bank only accept Banco Real
cards. And the bank closes everyday at 1:00. We learned of another ATM
at the airport which would accept international cards--here it is.

It read my card, accepted my PIN. And after some deliberation the
machine confessed to having only a single ten Real bill. First it told
me it could only dispense $R10 bills (instead of $R50). Finally, when
we reached the dispense-cash phase of the transaction, it told me,
sorry I only can give you $R10. My bank was gonna charge half of that
for the international ATM use. Sorry.

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