First Impressions Of Asunción
Panama City, Panama
“Is it working for you?”
“No, it’s not. Is there a trick to it?”
“I don’t know. I’ve only just landed in the country. If you need some guaraní, I could try my card… see if I have better luck?”
“Ah, that’s awfully nice of you to offer. But we’ll be ok. We’ll see if they’ll take our credit card at the counter…”
One of my favorite things about traveling to a place where you’ve never been before is that you don’t know what to expect. Everything’s new and therefore unpredictable… even the ATM machines. Trying to use our Schwab debit cards at the grocery shop down the street from our hotel in Asunción, we were stymied. Both of our cards were refused on first try. Could they have been deactivated already, even though we’d yet to use them for even a single purchase? How could we have triggered a card usage red flag in Schwab’s systems already? We had back up debit cards with us but couldn’t remember the pin codes!
Lucky for us, our credit card worked at the counter, and we were able to buy our water, wine, and snacks.
Arriving in Asunción this weekend we embraced the chance to let this city wash over us, just to take it all in on its own terms as it came to us. Lief and I are traveling here this week with
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