In my first life in Bodrum the value of the Lira dropped from 189 TL to £1 to 2,000,000TL to £1, so I always kept money in sterling. Any time I needed TL, I would nip to the Ak Bank in the centre of town, be greeted by all the cashiers, write out an English cheque, pass it over the counter and get my wads of cash. No waiting for the cheque to clear, no charge for writing a cheque and no fee for transferring funds from the UK. Happy days.
Back in the present, while I was on my 4th trip to the bank I was amused to see that the traditional village method of carrying money is just the same. An old boy in a flat cap at the desk next to me was asking for 25, the cashier said he could only have 20. I felt sorry for him as 20 TL is less than £7. Then the money was counted out -20,000TL. No briefcase or bag for him, he carefully wrapped the notes up in a newspaper, tied it with a piece of string from his pocket and tucked it under his arm. I'm glad some things don't change.