When It Comes to Savings, Sayed Kashua Is a Train Wreck

How is it possible that even though I have a very good salary and am working simultaneously on various projects, my heart tells me I just can’t afford to take a taxi from my house to the train station?

I set out for Jerusalem’s Malha railway station at four o’clock, even though the train to Tel Aviv doesn’t leave until five. I need to play it safe, I thought to myself. After all, this is my first trip on Israel Railways and I don’t know which bus goes from my neighborhood to the station, how long it will take to buy a ticket, or if there is even a ticket booth there or whether I’ll have...