Taylor St. Louis
Western Roots of Interior Design- Greek Influence
Major: Interior Design
For anyone traveling abroad I would recommend you take cash out to exchange when you get to your destination country. I did not- I was scared to carry that much cash on me through the airports and that was a big mistake. When I got to the airport in Athens, Greece my card was immediately declined. Of course I told the bank I was traveling so that was my first communication failure. Before I panic I choose to wait until I get to the hotel and I will call my bank and figure it out then.
This is where it all began. Of course I cannot call my bank I am out of the country. I walk down the streets of Athens for the first time on my own and I buy a calling card. I am proud of myself for purchasing this all on my own (the cashier spoke English). Oops.. This calling card is in Greek and you can only use it on a landline.
I spent the rest of the night between the hotel lobby and my room, getting directions in English, heading to my room, then lobby, then room, and this went on until I was in tears. This isn’t just a communication failure- I am in a different country with about 20 euros and there is NOTHING I can do about it. The frustration sinks in. I am trying to speak to my mom but the Wi-Fi is cutting in and out and she cannot understand me. I don’t know what to do at this point. I am so scared.
In the end my mom was able to talk the bank into unlocking my account and I was able to use an ATM. Everything always works out. I need to remind myself this more often.