After spending good quality time with friends and having a relaxing Shabbat full of delicious home-cooked food, rest, and being with people who love me and take care of me as if I were their own child, I was ready to put my nose back to the grindstone. Sunday morning, October 15th, I went first thing in the morning to the Misrad K’lita, the office of Absorption, in downtown Jerusalem. One of my friends is volunteering there, so once I went upstairs, I called her up and she brought me right in, no lines for me! It’s good to know someone on the inside; I guess I’ve always known this, but now I see it in action. I went in and gave the advisor my bank account number so that I could get the money from my absorption basket, which will be a little over $3,000 over the course of the year. The money will be put in directly to my account.
After the Misrad K’lita, I took a bus to the other side of town to the offices of Nefesh B’Nefesh. I took care of some business there, and on my way out saw a cell phone store. I now had a bank account, so I could go get a cell phone! I went in and waited for at least an hour, only to find out that I needed to get a form signed by the bank that would allow the cell phone company to draw money directly from my bank account every month instead of billing me, before I could do anything else. I took the form and left. My first attempt at a cell phone was not too successful, but I was on the right track. I found out that someone from the kibbutz was driving back from Jerusalem that night so I called him up and arranged to meet him on a certain corner close to where I was staying. He picked me up around 11pm and we got back to Sa’ad around 12:15am. I slept most of the drive.