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Old 04-27-08, 05:30 PM   #1
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How to send a package to someone passing through Greece/Turkey?

My son is bike touring in Europe on his way to China. I need to send him a replacement USB cable for his iPaq PDA, a new sleeping pad, and half a roll of duct tape. He's not following a strict itinerary and all I know is that he'll be passing through Athens in a couple of weeks.

Any ideas how I can best get this package of equipment to him?

Also, any suggestions for a place for him to stay in Istanbul for about two weeks while he arranges for his onward visas through the 'Stans?

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Old 04-27-08, 07:16 PM   #2
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A while back people could send stuff to tourists by way of An American Express office in whatever country/area they were in. Part of what AMEX was back then. Do they still do it? No idea. See if DHL or FeDeX willl do it overseas. Question. In the USA can you still send to a PostMaster with hold for pick-up on it?
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...In the USA can you still send to a PostMaster with hold for pick-up on it?
Yes, it's easy in the United States. It's called General Delivery. I used it about two years ago to send a package to a group touring from Austin to Anchorage.

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send it to him "Poste Restante" and it'll get held at the main post office
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The safest option would be to send him money and let him buy the stuff himself. That way there are no problems with him being delayed waiting for the package to clear customs, and no surprise taxes and duties.

All the stuff you listed will be available in any mid-sized city in Europe.
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send it to him "Poste Restante" and it'll get held at the main post office
Thank you! I didn't know the magic words used for international mail. I googled for "post restante" + Greece and got the information I needed.


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The safest option would be to send him money and let him buy the stuff himself. That way there are no problems with him being delayed waiting for the package to clear customs, and no surprise taxes and duties.

All the stuff you listed will be available in any mid-sized city in Europe.
Thank you also for this information. I've told him to buy locally if he can. He should be in Rome now.
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Here is the address of the Apple Store in Rome. He should buy the cable there as they should have good stock as the store is new.

Indirizzo Store
Via Collatina, 858
00155 Roma Lunghezza,
06 2245300

Any hypermarket/grocery store will have duct tape.

He'll just have to ask around about a camping store.

Don't be surprised if these things a much more expensive than in the States; that's just the way it is.....
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Here is the address of the Apple Store in Rome...
I passed that information on. I don't know if there's any confusion here between the Hewlett Packard iPaq PDA and the Apple iPod but he knows all that stuff and he'll be able to sort it out.
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I passed that information on. I don't know if there's any confusion here between the Hewlett Packard iPaq PDA and the Apple iPod but he knows all that stuff and he'll be able to sort it out.
My bad! I thought he had an Apple product.
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My bad! I thought he had an Apple product.
Not to worry. The salesman at Circuit City here thought the same thing and we were both supposedly speaking the same language!
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Have you heard of Couchsurfing and Hospitality Club? There are a lot of nice people there in all kinds of cities who would be very happy to help your son by receiving a package. That's easier than trying to find the right post office and figuring out where your package is in a certain country. Also, in some countries they don't have post restante so the package will just be returned. I am not sure what the situation is with Greece and Turkey. There are quite a few hostels in Istanbul for your son to stay in. He can get some visas in Azerbajan as well.
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I passed those ideas on as well, thanks!
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FYI

The Greek postal system is dreadful..... and Turkey is even worse
I'd say from this point on he is now in effect 'out of range' for postal support except in the case of dire emergency.
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I am British so I use the British embassy so could you not use whatever embassy you need.

I am in Malaysia and I am having some stuff sent to the British Embassy in Jakarta Indonesia for picking up in couple of weeks when I get there.

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I sent the packages via International Express Mail about two weeks ago. My son picked them up at the main post office in Athens earlier today. I mailed them at a U.S. Post Office and addressed them as follows:

(Name)
Poste Restante
Athens
GREECE

There is a special customs form for International Express Mail which I filled out at the post office window.

Someone said Poste Restante isn't available at all destinations. So I checked on the U.S. Postal Service web page and found it was available in Greece.

Thanks for the help. My son also wrote to me that "for future reference, Apple products are everywhere and probably the way to go for the touring cyclist. "
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I had stuff sent to me Poste Restante in Istanbul - it worked very well. As others have said he should be able to buy all the stuff he needs in Istanbul. If he is short of cash, there is good campsite near the airport. He may find Ankara is easier for Central Asian Visas, particularly if he is going to Tajikistan.
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