In Esfahan when the banks close you are going to get a bad deal on currency exchanges. They know it – now you know it. There are some Exchange shops (pictured) that do stay open into the evening. They will not give you the same rate as the banks. Why should they? In addition they will give you less for big notes. Anything less than a brand new $100 for example and the rate goes down some more. During the day Bank Melli will give you a good rate on anything. After hours – you lose. Then there are the money changers in the street. They hang around the banks and offer to steal from you. Seriously. They will ask you hand it all over then one or 2 of your notes goes missing. And they will offer you a bad rate. You lose twice.
These parasites will try and stop you walking into the banks during bank hours. Just as the banks close they swarm around like mosquitoes at dark trying to string you.
Please plan ahead and get into the banks early!
This is bizarre, but a real danger of sorts. This is the picture of a sliding lock on a toilet in a restaurant. It slides DOWN to lock. Gravity anyone? It is also on the OUTSIDE of the door, not the inside. There was a secondary lock inside that did afford privacy. It locked sideways. So what happened? You guessed it. I shut the door just slightly too hard and this cause the lock on the outside to fall! I was downstairs and had to wait until someone came down looking for a mop to free me. I found other outside locks like this on my bathroom in the hotel and other places. Just be careful and watch for silly locks like this!