So, it's been over a year since I moved to Israel. And I finally have my driver's license! While the earlier parts of transferring my license were very annoying and bureaucratic, the last parts, getting a driving lesson and taking the road test, went very easily. That's not to say that it's easy for everyone--the other person taking the road test with me had already taken it three or four times.
The other thing is, this year is a year known as Shmitta. It's a Jewish thing, but it ends up affecting Christians and Muslims who live here too. Basically, Jewish farmers in Israel have to stop farming for a year. This means that the prices of fruits and vegetables have doubled, and in some cases, tripled. This is not because the supply has gone down (some stuff grows surprisingly well even without cultivation), but because store owners know that people are willing to pay more to ensure that they get the "right" type of produce. *sigh* If you're interested in knowing more about this, feel free to ask, but I didn't want to bore everyone with the details.
Finally, there's medical insurance. Everyone gets free basic insurance (paid for by taxes), but for about $12.50 a month, you can get supplemental insurance that covers things such as visits to doctors who aren't in your insurance network, ER bills, and the like. Since I had to visit the ER last month, this was a godsend. Everything except for part of the ambulance ride was covered, and I was able to afford the remaining bill.
I realize I've been slacking on the art front, but I am still working on that yellow lab painting. Just very slowly.