So I have officially been in Korea 1 week now. Korea and I, well, we’ve got off to quite the turbulent start. That’s not to say I’m not enjoYing Korea, I’m just experiencing high levels of culture shock that I was not prepared for.
On top of all the minor little troubles I decided to rant about I’m now having a bigger problem. Money,Money,Money. Yesterday I headed off shopping with my trusty cirrus/maestro card but to my dismay the atm in the supermarket rejected it. So I went to another banks atm, more rejection. I ended up going all over the city to over 12 different atms in search of one that would accept my card. No luck. I went to all the family marts atms, the 7-11’s, farmers Union bank, Wolli bank…
Frustrated, tired, and WET (it’s monsoon season here, did I mention that?!) I gave up and resigned back to my motel. My card that worked in the depths of Africa, from Ethiopia to Uganda, doesn’t work in one of the most technologically developed nations on earth. WTF.
Today I went to a nearby city, about 40 minutes away and after lots of attempts, finally found a ‘Global atm’. Hurrah! There is a god afterall. However as they would only let me take out a measly daily limit I will have to make the trek there every time I need moola which is a total pain in the ass.
There really is NOTHING worse than been short of money. I have experienced this before in some places in Africa and still remember the panic it brought upon me.
So next time Mastercard bring out a new Tv advert I hope it goes something like this;
Flights to Korea: 1000 Euro.
Taxi fare: 20 Euro
Hotel: 100 Euro
Dinner: 10 Euro.
…Been stuck in a Non- English speaking country during monsoon season and realising nobody accepts your card…
Some things in life are priceless, but for everything else, there’s Mastercard. Oh, except in Korea!!
Have you ever had money problems while abroad? Tell me your story…let me know I’m not alone in my frustration!