Here’s what helped me understand Israel & Palestine

If you’re like me, you learned almost nothing about the ongoing conflict in school

Growing up in the United States in the 80’s and 90’s, everything around me was pro-Israel… without any real explanation of how or why. Nothing truly opened my eyes to the history of the region until I stumbled upon the incredible podcast series by MartyrMade: Fear & Loathing in the New Jerusalem.

Darryl Cooper does a great job of telling the history as well as dispelling many of the myths we’ve been hearing for years.

For those of you unaccustomed to history podcasts, spending hours listening to something like this can seem daunting. MartyrMade is one of the very best out there, and the time goes by fast. History podcasts are my jam, I listen to them while I’m commuting.

Thoughts on the UK, now that I’m back in the US

I just got back to the states. You can read my first entry about this trip here.

Image from Wikipedia.

-How did I ever drink Heineken?!? It’s like beery water!

-British bacon is SO much better than American bacon

-I actually prefer roundabouts to traffic lights. Though it’s easier to get lost with roundabouts.

-There are KFC’s everywhere in the UK, so I had to try one. KFC in the UK is not as greasy or crispy. They also don’t have biscuits – possibly on account of cookies being called biscuits in the UK.

-Jet lag is real, folks. After the first night back, we haven’t been able to sleep past 5:30am.

-People in the UK are so much better at small talk than Americans. By a significant amount. It is generally very easy to strike up a conversation with someone out in public in the UK.

-Daily services, like buses, coffee and breakfast shops, etc seem to have enough staff that people aren’t running around to get their job done and they actually have enough time to do it well.

-Casual kindness to strangers was the rule rather than the exception, even in big cities. It reminded me of the midwest that way.

-“You can’t swing your dick in Scotland without hitting a castle.”

-Some Scottish accents will be so strong you’ll need a translator.

-Sodas are smaller in the UK. Same with the portions of essentially all packaged goods.

-The smallest paper money is a £5 note. They have 1 and 2 pound coins, and 1 and 2 pence coins. Also 20 pence coins.

-In Scotland, there’s no “e” in whisky!