February 13th, 2011

gamiila sig #2

29 Day Meme: Day 13 - Somewhere you'd like to move or visit

Well...I don't know about moving there, but I certainly would like to visit Iceland.

I first became curious about Iceland when as a child of about 7 or 8, I heard tell in school of the Norwegian/Icelandic explorers/adventurers Erik the Red, who settled Greenland, and his son Leif Eriksson, who was said to have discovered Vinland. Then, while I was in secondary school, I met a girl who'd actually been born and lived there until her parents divorced and her mother took her back with her to her own native country, The Netherlands. The stories she told me of her father's country fired my imagination and instilled in me the longing to go there and look around for myself one day. But it's been 30 years and I still haven't gone...

I have been to Egypt though, became masriyya through marriage, and I don't know what to make of the 'revolution' that got rid of Mubarak earlier in the week. Traditionally as well as practically, Arab nations aren't familiar with the concept of democracy; and from what I know of the Egyptians, most of them have other, more important things to worry about than what form their government should take. 30% of the population can neither read nor write, and 60% live on or just above the breadline. Corruption is everywhere. With Mubarak out of the way, and the Military High Council in charge, I don't see that there is really going to be a fundamental change in the short term...and in the long term, who knows?

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