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Off to Iran

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We got up early and caught the shuttle bus back to the new Istanbul airport. The new airport is far outside of Istanbul, at least an hour’s drive. The new airport is very nice, large, bright, and modern.
Our flight to Tehran was under 3 hours. On arrival at the Tehran airport, we breezed through Immigration. We found a money exchange place, and cashed in 150 euros. Then we got a taxi to our hotel.
En route to the hotel, we compared the amount of Iranian currency that we had received from the exchange place with our fireign exchange app. We came to the conclusion that the woman had given us 3 times too much Iranian money. For 150 euros, we received almost 15,000,000 rials, while we expected to receive only about 500,000 rials. We received nearly 2” of bills! We learned later that the Iranian currency has suffered steep drops in value lately (apparently due to economic sanctions imposed on it).
Our hotel was nice, and we had only 2 hours to wait until the first meeting of our tour group. The group was made up of us 2 Canadians, 3 Yanks, 5 Australians, 2 English, and 1 German. The average age is probably about mid-50s.
Our guide suggested a restaurant, but somehow our group passed it by, and wandered about looking for a restaurant. We finally found a cafe and had an interesting dinner, before heading back to our hotel for the night.

Istanbul airport

Posted by Jimpat 17:00

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