So this is kind of another rant…so beware! We aren’t really “skint” like the title suggests BUT we do have some money problems, in that, we have it but no way of getting to it. ANNOYING!
The story goes like this –
For the past 5 days we have been going to cash machines to withdraw money, with no luck, every time we tried it would spit my card back out. Mark’s card is broken and needs replacing. Initially, I thought I had the wrong number, which I was sure I didn’t, then we thought all our money had disappeared, which it hadn’t, we were totally confused. This morning I try one more time…and actually read what the message says after it spits my card back – “Carte Expiree” Ahhhhhhh. “Expired Card” I didn’t even look at that, its expired on Monday. I’m a total fanny. (Can you tell my Glaswegian comes out in force when I’m ranting?!)
So, we decided to go to the bank and sort it out, we had a few things that we needed to do anyway, change our account over from Avignon to Lyon, change our address, order a new card for Mark and now for me, so may as well do it now whilst Mark has the morning off. Now, we haven’t been to this specific bank before because we just got to Lyon, so we go in hoping someone speaks a little English, they didn’t. (Now, I know its very ignorant of me to hope someone speaks English but when it comes to money, its easier for us if we understand what’s going on with it.) Now, nothing is ever simple in France, we arrive at the bank and the girl tells us we need to make an appointment to change our account over, the next appointment is next Friday! THEN, we need to call a number to have a new card sent out, but thats got to be after we change our address, which isn’t until next Friday. (We also can’t really call anyone because we don’t speak French.) So, the girl tries to send us on our way, thinking we have all the information we need. Ehhhhhhhhhhhh…we need money! We ask if there is any way of getting some of OUR MONEY before Friday. She has to make a call to ask if another branch can give us money, as they don’t have any money in their bank. What kind of bank doesn’t have money in it?? We need to go to the other side of town to pick up the money. WHAT? It’s lunch time, everything is about to close. Brilliant. So, where are we now? Well, no further forward…. skint! The saga continues!
On a separate note, Little Miss had a totally successful week in school, she’ll go for the whole day starting next week, so exciting!