Thankfully I don’t have to vote

On Saturday there will be local elections in Iceland. I will not vote as I haven’t lived in Iceland for about 15 years. I still have the right to vote even in local elections which is weird. To me local elections are mostly about fixing infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, etc.) and managing local services. So it would be strange for me as not living in Iceland for over a decade to have influence how the municipality that I last lived in is managed. At the same time it is strange that after living in Sofia (Bulgaria) I still don’t have the right to vote in the local elections here. Here the decisions and actions of the municipality impact me directly on a daily basis. If Iceland were a member of the EU then I would, as far as I know, have this right.

With all this being said, then I am not going to vote in the local elections in Iceland as an issue of principle then I am not getting involved in something that is none of my business. So I am glad to have elections that I can in good conscience skip.

When it comes to parliamentary elections, referendums in Iceland, Presidential elections then all have either direct or indirect effect on me as an Icelandic citizen and in fact I consider it to be my duty to vote.

Why have open lessons?

During this time of the year it is common for kindergartens to have open lessons so that parents can come and see their kids being taught. This would be good if parents of all kids could come. This is not always the case and often in those lessons you can see some kids crying because their parents did not come while the parents of the other kids came. Not all parents can attend these lessons even when they are in the late afternoon.

So why hold these. We as parents know through other means including from our kids that they are being taught and we can see them learn many things. To me all this does is interrupt the regular program and leaves some kids with the question “why didn’t mom or dad come to see me like the parents of other kids did?”.

Time to restart this blog

In moving between servers I lost all my old posts but lets try to start blogging again.

Here I will include various topics such as politics, religion, programming and many others which can both be serious and not so serious in how I cover them. I will also post various things about living in Bulgaria as an Icelander.