Converting My Driver's License
Everyone has an "only in Israel" story, here is Michele's story:
I had just moved to Israel and began to face all of the infamous bureaucracy that comes with it.
In my first week in Israel, I went to the Misrad HaRishui (License Office) to convert my US driver's license. There was a mess with the appointment I had tried to book in advance, and created a huge misunderstanding, leaving me frustrated and appointment-less.
The security guard was not treating me respectfully, and I and stormed off in a panic.
Suddenly, a woman from the office came after me and offered me a cigarette and her coffee! She sat with me until I calmed down, and walked back into the office with me, making sure I was directed to the right person.
This would never have happened in the US. The bureaucracy may be a pain, but I feel so taken care of by the people in this country.
Only In Israel!