June 2006

Ontheroadagain…

June 27, 2006

The next Iceland Weather Report shall be brought to you from here, dear readers. Should you prefer the bona-fide Icelandic experience, though, I refer you to the Greatest Hits. Bye for now!

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Road tales

June 25, 2006

Well, the two travelling Barbies regaled us with stories of their adventures in Sicily at dinner. Barbie 1, of course, has been in Italy since January [Firenze], whereas her sister, Barbie 2, went down to meet her for the last two weeks of her stay there, they travelled around in Sicily a bit, and then […]

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Mid.summer.night.dream

June 23, 2006

Hey! It’s that night again when the cows start talking and the seals start stripping and folks get naked and roll around in the dew. That’s right: It’s Midsummer Night in Niceland! AND OUR MIDSUMMER WEATHER IS…Oooh, it’s been bee-ootiful today. Brilliant sunshine – if a little cool, what with the wind coming off the […]

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Solstice

June 22, 2006

This is what the sunset looked like at midnight last night – the summer solstice, longest day of the year. A couple of minutes later it had dipped below the horizon, where it would hover before rising again just three hours later. Because the sun never really goes far below that point, it doesn’t get […]

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The bogeyman is Swedish

June 21, 2006

In my play-by-play June 17 post I forgot to mention a highly significant event: Iceland played a handball game against Sweden and lost by one goal. However! Something about points and previous wins and yick and yack [I shall never understand the intricacies of sport and tournaments and championships] meant that despite losing, they will […]

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We’re rich we’re rich…

June 20, 2006

Iceland is the fifth richest country in Europe, according to a new list prepared by the Norwegian Statistics Bureau. First comes Luxembourg, then Norway, Ireland, Switzerland, and then our very own Blue Isle. I wonder if it has anything to do with this. In which case it’s hardly worth it. STILL RAININGYes. I’m starting to […]

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The lame patriots

June 18, 2006

I’d like to tell you we got all patriotic yesterday for National Day, rose early to be at Austurvöllur square at 10.40 to witness the laying of the wreath at the statue of Jón Sigurðsson, that we then listened to the new Prime Minister give his first Important Speech since taking office, and that we […]

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Let’s see, where was I before I was so rudely interrupted….?

June 16, 2006

… Oh right. Before my Internet service went AWOL I had a post all written up [especially for Teri, who isn’t studying cultural anthropology but probably should be] giving more intriguing details of Icelanders’ relationship with the sea. To wit: They say that Eskimos have an inordinate number of words for ‘snow’ and similarly the […]

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Newsflash: Laurel & Hardy work for Iceland Telecom

June 14, 2006

You wouldn’t believe the farce that played itself out chez YT yesterday. It all started last weekend when the telephone lines started acting funky. There was this ghoulish buzzing on them, as though some ancient poltergeist was striving to communicate with YT and her kin, sometimes accompanied by a dialtone and sometimes not. Similarly the […]

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Sjómannadagurinn

June 11, 2006

Today is Seafarer’s Day, which is a pretty big deal here in Iceland. Since 1987 it’s been an officially designated holiday for everyone who works on fishing vessels, meaning that all ships, insofar as possible,* must be in the harbour on this day. All around the country there are celebrations, events, speeches, dances, etc. going […]

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