Saturday, March 04, 2023

15,000 to 1

No, not our odds of survival, that's Indonesian rupiah to dollars. This looks like a lot of money, right?

Each bill is 100,000 Rupiah (IDR) - in US dollars, that's about
... wait for it ...
7 dollars. Yikes.

Did not have a lot of opportunity to use my new wise card. We tried to use it to pay at Thalassa Dive, but it was denied. I figured it was because we had not set up a IDR acccount in the Wise card yet. It took me a while to figure out how to do that.
But we did get to use it at the ATM in Bali. Worked great. Got 1 million Rupiah! That's about $70. And, it didn't need to come from the IDR account. It used that up, then took the rest of what it needed from the USD account.

I also used it in the Turkish airport to buy snacks. I didn't have to set up anything to use Turkish Lira.  Here's the info from my account:

That was easy - it's great, but our Chase Saphire card works just as well. And, it's credit. With the Wise card, it's like cash. You add $ to the card direct from my bank account and it's taken when you spend.