It’s better to exchange currency in banks, which operate from 8:00 am to 2:00 - 2:30 pm. Friday is a shortest working day, and on Saturday and Sunday banks may be closed. Some exchange offices can work round the clock and seven days a week, but in terms of the exchange rate they are less profitable than banks.
Calls to other countries would be cheaper, if you would use special public phones, which are close to major government offices, public transport and shopping centers. They accept plastic cards, which are sold at newsstands and post offices. The most expensive would be calls from a hotel.
The most popular souvenirs are leather goods, jewelry and crafts made by local artisans. It’s recommended to look for jewelry only in large shopping malls and specialty shops. On the open market you could buy products of questionable quality at very high prices.
Those, who hope to bring local wine from a trip, have to go directly to the winery. Next to each of them there would be a great wine shop, where visitors are offered to taste wine and buy their favorite variety.
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