Or ma chadash? (ch pronounced like the ch in Bach) Literally “what’s new?”, a good conversation opener in Hebrew. I just realized that my last post was a month ago, I have to get my act together. New stuff that has happened includes:
I moved again. I think I have moved as much here in six months as I have in Denmark in six years. I moved to get away from my roommates whom I was not getting along with great. Now it’s much better, although not as clean. But that does not matter quite as much as having a social environment that you are comfortable in, in my opinion.
Politically the situation in Israel has been pretty dead with not much happening except proposed racist legislation like: the loyalty oath and the law to preserve communities. Laws like that remind that I do live in a foreign country with a political culture somewhat alien to me. I do feel however that the Danish political culture is moving closer and closer to Israels with laws like the cut in child subsidies which would be nothing special, if not for the fact that the parties behind the deal openly confess that it was intended to hit families with immigrant backgrounds.
I’ll repeat that: families with immigrant backgrounds. This means that families that are Danish for all intents and purposes but came from another country (we are talking citizens here, ladies and gentlemen) are at the receiving end of legislation, for no other reason than them not being ethnically Danish.
That I find very disturbing – not the actual law which is the same for everybody, but the fact that we have people in parliament deliberatively targeting certain population groups. It rings to my ears a lot like some of the laws of Israel which are at face value the same for everybody, but turn out to be, like the Danish laws, targeting citizens of Arab origin.
I went to Akko a few weeks ago with two friends and it was awesome. I really liked it. Unfortunately an insane man decided to run his car into the crowd waiting at the bus station, but I guess that kind of thing can happen anywhere.
My friend Lasse and my sister and her friend have been visiting lately and we have been having a really good time. Lasse and me went to the Negev desert and drove around for a couple of days. It was very beautiful. Especially Makhtesh Ramon and Makhtesh Hagadol were very nice. They are craters formed by erosion and the Ramon crater is the largest of its kind in the world. The Hagadol (large) crater is smaller, but it actually feels more like being in a huge crater because it is small enough that you can see the edges. Very cool.
I am going back to Denmark next Friday and I am dreading the return. I am going back to cold and darkness and a culture that I don’t particularly like, so it is interesting to see how it’s going to be.
Anyway, I am off, yalla bye!