I keep reminding myself that (1) after 20-ish hours seated on airplanes, I should be grateful to stand in line and (2) things will not happen in a NY minute.
The bank was a bust: in accordance with the urban legend/rumor, I cannot open an account until I have my FRRO registration. (See the earlier post about FRRO.) In fact, the bank wouldn’t even exchange my currency without an account! Although I had to wait in a long line to learn that about the exchange situation (I have since forgiven the customer service rep who told me to stand in that line…). Cashing a US check requires an account, too (as one would suspect). Thus, it was off to the currency traders (why does that feel so black market?).
With help from C (my driver), I have a local cell phone – sort of. I got a phone, but it takes 2 days to activate a SIM (even a prepaid one). Moreover, I cannot get any SIM in my name until I get the infamous FRRO registration. Thus, I am using one of C’s SIM cards in my new phone until I can get one in my name & activated.
Oh, and for those of you who thought the lease drama was over – surprise. The realtor made an appointment for me to countersigned the original copy, but they were over an hour and a half late to the appointment.
The good news is that I have an appointment with FRRO in 8 days. (After that I can attempt to complete everything I tried to get done today.)
Also, as C helpfully pointed out, I did manage to pick up an adaptor. That’s literally the only thing I can completely cross off my to-do list for today!