Believe it or not, I've never used an ATM in Europe. I feel reasonably safe using a money belt, therefore, I usually withdraw ALL the cash I think I'll need before I leave for Europe, stuff it all in the money belt and never have (or have had) any need to use the ATM's.
I'm starting to think however that this is perhaps not the best route to take. Even though money belts are quite safe (IMHO) there is always that chance I could do something dumb and misplace it and then ALL my trip money would be gone (along with everything else unfortunately). I'm thinking two or three trips to the ATM might be better.
So my question is, when using an ATM in Europe, since I'm accessing my bank here in the States, does it simply show my available balance in US Dollars? Or does it show the equivalent of my balance in Euros (or whatever the local currency is). Or does it show both?
If I want to withdraw, say, 500 Euros, am I essentially going to need to convert that into US dollars in my head to determine how much I am actually withdrawing (to be sre I'm not overdrawing etc.)