Back when I was in high school I used to declare that I expect to die of a heart attack by the age of 40. The reason why I said what I said was the physical toll in the form of tension that each test in school (and later, university) took on me. That toll is responsible for me not exploring higher educational achievements than the ones I have acquired (coupled, of course, with my general disregard for the way our educational systems, sorry - grade factories - work).
Some of my friends are still holding me up to my former words and claim I cannot be trusted. This current visit to Israel allows me to respond back: given the events that have transpired over the past month or so, I can confidentially state the reason I managed to defy predictions from times of youth is directly related to me moving over to live in Australia. Australia holds two benefits over Israel: first, and most obviously, it is a much better place to live in. Second, and closely related to insight gained this past month, Australia puts the bulk of my family half a world away from me.
Still, as much as I enjoy having a go at Israel, I do have to remind myself it holds some distinct advantages over Australia. These include:
- High quality humus.
- Roasted sunflower seeds.
- Humus with Ful (Ful being Arabic for broad-beans). Being that this is my favorite way for consuming humus I think it fully deserves a category of its own.
- People pronounce my name properly.
Today I bid them farewell, again. I don't know if they noticed the tears under my sunglasses.