Some times events come up really surprisingly. I already got used of the fact that my comeback in snowboarding will be somewhere in February, 2010. But then it came all differently. As some of you may know in Switzerland it is a tradition that every year the school organizes a ski camp for almost each grade. Well, my grade of course didn’t have such a privilege of a ski camp any more. We will have some project in that week :-/. But there is a possibility to go with a younger grade as a counselor. Last week one of the teacher suddenly asked me if I still would like to be a counselor. Of course I said yes! Now I had to sign up for a snowboard counselor training camp and who thought: the first training day was last sunday!
So I actually was going to write about the Swiss Santa, but the Daily Show has given me another subject to write about! I thought about writing about it earlier, but then didn’t because I thought I don’t want to bore you with Swiss politics. Anyway
Setting the Scene:
Two Sundays ago the Swiss folks voted on a referendum on a prohibition of the building of any more minarets. Of course this was a huuuge question and it was much more then just about the islamic tower. There were some really aggressive poster showing minarets rising like bombs from the Swiss flag and so on. And sadly the referendum came through two Sundays ago. Most supporter of the referendum fear the “Islamization” of Switzerland and Europe. Of course this fear has some points because in the last 30 years the percent of Muslims in Switzerland has raised from 0.2% to almost 5% of Switzerland’s population. Some people are fearing kind of a population explosion of Muslims or what ever. Which I don’t think is legit, but I at least can understand their fear.
I was against such a referendum because it doesn’t do any good. And such a stop of building any mores minarets doesn’t solve any problems that we have with the Islam and Muslims immigrants.
Anyway, enough of that talking. In the last months I have heard enough of it and now, that it actually came through, I am also a little bit embarrassed of the result. But I still want to show you guys the Daily Show Clip about the minarets in Switzerland! It is hilarious!!! (At least for a Swiss )
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Oliver’s Travels – Switzerland|
I would love to hear your thoughts about all this and if it has changed your view of Switzerland.
I know it has been a really long time since I wrote. And I apologize, but there are cool things coming up. So, don’t Western union money order worry I will keep up my blog.
So lets get to the subject. I don’t know how you guys in the States are dealing with the swine flu right now. In Switzerland the government has set up some safety precautions. Since I am back there are TV-ads that tell you to wash your hand all the time and do all the other stuff to prevent getting infected. Now, since there is the second wave coming the hole nation will get shot. Well, not literally, but everybody gets a free inoculation. Of course you don’t have to, but they hardly recommend it.
Last week a girl of my class got infected with the h1n1-virus and there are many other cases in my school. Now the swine flu is here, and some people are really worried about it. Some schools even closed to stop the expansion of the flu. Of course my school is still open and source of education! But the flu is all over the press and I think there is no newspaper without nothing about the flu.
My whole family took advantage of the free inoculation, my mom really wanted that we all get it. So last Saturday I went the “shot center” and got one. There weren’t many people there. Even though the government has bought about 12 million shots and is giving them out for free, most people don’t want the antivirus. I think it can’t hurt you, so why not getting what is for free, right?
Today I regret my decision to get the shot because I am suffering under the side-effects of the shot. I have a huge headache, also my muscles are aching and I feel very dizzy. Hopefully this will run away quick so that my decision was the right one. For today it was the wrong. But when you see it over a long term it probably was the right one.
Hope you guys are dealing well with the flu! Don’t get infected! Wash your hands all the time and don’t sneeze in your hands !