February 28, 2006


I couldn't resist posting the breathtaking photos Orly took of the "Wildlife of the Hula Walley." Absolutely amazing and highly recommended.
She had this to say about the images:

Cranes and Other Residents of Lake Agmon - Hula Valley

The Hula Valley in Northern Israel is a major stopping point for 500,000,000 birds of 390 species migrating between Eurasia and Africa. In winter the valley is home to tens of thousands of cranes. The photos have been taken with a Canon S2 IS.


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February 24, 2006

Anti-semitism in France, and my trip to Paris

To think I was just in Paris last month, along my boyfriend Shlomi, a Jew. We be both absolutely loved the place. The city was beautiful, even most of the slums had their own "French charm". We loved the food (except for the tremendous emphasis the French put on pork and seafood). We were both prepared to have to deal with rude people with prejudice views and attitude problems, but instead we did not encounter anything but helpful, friendly people. Infact, it almost felt like a slap in the face to shop at the duty free in Iceland when we were coming back. The empty stares the cashier gave, and the dry tone of voice in which he spoke to me, gave me an authentic feeling of being back in Iceland!

While we were in France, we did not notice any any anti-semitic behavior. People responded positively to Shlomi explaining that he is an Israeli. We visited the "Jewish Museum" in Paris. It was certainly not as packed as the Louvre, but it had several visitors, nevertheless, and some interesting material on display, with information in many languages, including Hebrew.
But I suppose that our touring of Paris did not really tell the whole story. The young man who sat next to us on the plane back to Iceland (a French exchange student in Iceland), said that he is ashamed of the fact that racism is growing in France, but it is a fact that he cannot deny is happening. Stories like these, of Jews getting tortured to death in Paris, simply for being Jews, most certainly makes it even more of a reality.

An old photo of the "Latin Quarter", where we stayed in Paris

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February 16, 2006

Sorry for the very long break

"So you've stopped writing on your website, now that you're 'practically married'?", she asked me?
I am not married of course, I am not even engaged. But she did have a point. I wouldn't call it "the poet needs the pain", exactly. I tend to be the kind of person that "requires mediocre circumstances for writing". Or have up until now, at least. It sounds crazy, but happiness is actually, just like everything else, a thing one needs to get used to.
It is also true that once a blogger, always a blogger. Eventhough I haven't blogged in all this time, I've still continued writing imaginary posts in my head! (I also sometimes keep up imaginary conversations with my favorite niece, and occasionally with my mother. But I guess nobody wanted to know that..).

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