One of the main values for locals is their native language. They don’t take foreign languages seriously. Even if they are fluent in other languages, locals speak them as rare as hen’s teeth. Vacationers are advised to bring along the dictionary and learn several phrases in the local language.
Car rentals are available in all major cities; daily rental price for an economy class car is about 70 US dollars. Drivers should carefully observe traffic rules, violation of which would also carry substantial fines. It is prohibited to carry children under 12 years old on the front seat of the car.
In restaurants and cafes it is customary to leave a tip, which is 5 - 10% of the total order. In luxurious hotels the service charge may be included in the bill; in this case there would be a ‘service compis’ mark. It is also appropriate to leave a tip for taxi drivers and maids in a hotel.
It’s better to pay for goods and services only with local currency; any other is accepted with great reluctance and at unfavorable exchange rate. The most profitable exchange rates are offered by local banks; exchange offices have less favorable rates.
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