Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Elections are Delicious

Student council elections are coming up both here in Iceland and in Ottawa. The only difference is between apathy and total crazy bribery.

First, the University of Iceland student politicians very likely go on to become the country's politicians. Second, the school politics really does have an impact and say on education policy in a wider context. Third, there are PARTIES for elections, both in the party sense and in the party sense.

There are two parties, Röskva, the more left-leaning and Vaka, the other. They hold parties like crazy in the weeks leading up to the elections. And tomorrow is the elections so beginning last week, the parties started setting up booths with pamphlets, which is quite lame. And then they started handing out free coffee. Then little desserts and cookies. And then today there were huge cakes, sandwiches, and soups. Can you say bribery?
I'm not sure if people were joking, but they said they were going to vote based on the quality of food.

Also, two other things: the clouds today were amazing and contributed to the most spectacular sunrise and sunset yet.

And when I was walking downtown on the pond I saw that they were having a horse-crossing demonstration. Well, the sun was out and the ice was melting and I don't think it was such a good idea after all because as I was heading back I saw a spectacle of people trying to get horses out of the ice that they went through. It was not a pretty sight and thankfully the pond is not deep.

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