Hey guys. I’ve done it. I’ve officially swum in the Dead Sea.
Of course, by ‘swim’ I mean more ‘floated awkwardly and painfully’. But still. It HAS been done.
And I can happily and confidently say, that I never ever ever want to do it again.
But more on that later.
First. The Desert. Read More
Did you know that nearly two weeks ago Germany passed through the first stages of legalizing gay marriage? Up until now, they’ve had gay partnerships, but these partnerships lacked certain rights granted to married couples (e.g. adoption rights).
Germany is lead by a coalition dominated by the CDU, the Christian Democratic Union, yet despite this conservative-leaning leadership, the vast majority of Germans support gay marriage (83%, according to wiki). And, although Angela Merkel voted against the proposition (which we are all hoping was more of a political play than a personal opinion- we want to like you Angie, we really do), the vote passed with a nearly 2:1 yay to nay ratio (393 vs 226).
All of this is great news. But I do, once again, I find my self wondering, what the hell is going on down there Australia!*
*I just saw that Malta also passed it this week. And this is a country that only got on board with divorce in 2011!
Can you feel the days getting shorter?
When we got back from Poland last Sunday, arriving at our house at about 8:30 pm, I peaked up at our Platz, and had the sneaking suspicious that it was just that little bit darker than it should have been.
Getting out of Israel this time was harder than last time.
Have you been to Indonesia. Why did you go to Indonesia. Why were you in Morocco. Do you know anyone in Morocco. Is that the only time you went to Indonesia. Why were you in Turkey. What is the name of your boyfriend. Do you know a Turkish person. How often do you see that person…. Read More
If you’ve lived in Berlin or even just visited briefly, you know all about Markthalle Neun. During the week and on Saturdays they sell ready-to-eat delicacies and regional produce. On Thursday evenings they have street food, and once a month or so they have themed Breakfast Markets.
This weekend, the theme was Japanese. Read More
You know how Paris is beautiful in the springtime? Read More
I counted the number of plants we have.
Because I think if you want to calculate your wealth it probably comes down to one thing. Happiness.
And if you want to calculate happiness it probably looks something like this. Read More
So I’m sure I’ve told everyone by now. A couple of weeks ago, April 21st at 3 pm to be precise, I successfully defended my thesis.
On the 21st April, I defended my Phd in Molecular Plant Physiology. On the 22nd- Earth Day 2017- we marched for science. Read More
Easter is kind of a strange one for me.
Way back in the day, we used to travel to our great-uncle’s house, eat tons of food, play four-square and hide-and-seek with our second cousins (or first cousins once removed?) and gorge on sweet, deep fried bombolotti (because, let’s be honest, if your cultural event doesn’t involve some sort of deep-fried or other calorifically horrific treat, you probably need to rethink things). Read More