No Meter Running

Only in Israel do taxi drivers oftentimes refuse the business because they would rather not activate the fare meter.
Many cabdrivers would rather offer you a price made up on the spot (usually of higher price thanwould be payed if the meter was running instead) than have activate the meter, receive the fair amount of money, and have to pay the legal taxes for which a cab driver is required.


Only in Israel are you en route to your nearest bank branch when all of a sudden you notice that both pedestrian and vehicle traffic are at a stop, and that there are barricades and police cars surrounding the area around the bank. Only then do you notice the intricate-looking robot carefuly examining an unidentified bag left on a bench.
A girl on her bike stopped beside me and asked, "Oh, is it an unidentified bag?" in an annoyed tone of voice, obviously having experienced such an event multiple times. Those around me seemed bothered by the need to wait in safety while this possibly bomb-filled bag was checked. I, on the other hand, was rather grateful for the precautionary search.


Shots on the Horizon

Only in Israel are you attending a beautiful outdoor wedding only to hear sporadic outbursts of (practice run) gunfire shots coming from the navy seal base nearby.
Please keep in mind that the wedding ceremony and reception were on the seashore and that I was mistaking the gunfire for music. I would also like to note that I was not afraid....it sounded far in the distance.