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Menningarnótt summary [such as it is]

Just got back from the Menningarnótt fireworks, which were spectacular as always. For those who don’t know, Menningarnótt [e. Culture Night] is the biggest party of the year in a country that doesn’t call everything its grandmother* when it comes to parties. Excepting New Year’s Eve, of course, next to which these fireworks PALE in comparison. But I digress.

I’m somewhat embarrassed to say, that we missed just about all of it. We didn’t get downtown until around 10.30 this evening, and the fireworks – which marked the end of the festivities [over 400 events were on throughout the downtown area today] were at 11. We just managed to catch a boo of one band, a couple of DJs and kids dancing out on the street, and one gallery. That’s it. I was kinda mad at myself for not having gone sooner, but the truth is I didn’t want to get wet. I know, I’m a wuss. It was a wet and miserable afternoon, about as wet and miserable as they come. So I did the only sane thing under the circumstances and went to the pool. Where I got wet and happy.

Yeah. So I wasn’t able to take any fantabulous photographs of any of the exquisite cultcha on display this afternoon. All I got was this, which pretty much sums up Menningarnótt after 11 pm:

Menningarnótt after 11 pm

I’m going to turn in pretty soon because I plan on getting up at 7.30 am along with everyone else in the country to watch our handball team compete against France for the Olympic gold in handball. Did you know we [well, THEY the handball team] made the front page of the NY Times today? No small nation has ever made it this far in a group sport at the Olympics before, so we’re everybody’s darling now. [Bask, revel.] It’s going to be feverish tomorrow … people are actually getting up that early on a Sunday morning and LEAVING THEIR HOMES to watch the game outside with OTHER PEOPLE around [not YT,though … bed-headed and bleary-eyed, uh-uh], which I guess is what people normally do for sports matches. Anyway – cross your fingers for us. And if we win, it’s gonna make our Menningarnótt look like a toddler’s birthday party. Stay tuned.

WEATHER: soggy and wet. Slightly better this evening.

*Nicelandic idiom



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  • Bluegrass Mama August 24, 2008, 2:15 am

    The gold medal match is at 3:45 AM our time, so maybe I’ll be dreaming about it. In any case, GO ICELAND!!!

  • bamamoose August 24, 2008, 2:52 am

    I understand. It’s been wet in Mobile for beerfest with Tropical Storm Fay coming in. Go Niceland!!!!

  • Keera August 24, 2008, 8:00 am

    It suddenly hit me that you are two hours behind Norway, so I haven’t missed the excitement as I sit here nursing a cold at 10 am. 🙂 Heia, Island!

  • PhilippeP August 24, 2008, 8:18 pm

    Well I was there sitting on the rocks making the shoreline under a clear sky : 15 minutes of great fireworks with a final blow almost directly on the ground (I mean water).
    I m enjoying the icelandic weather : wind, rain, more wind, more rain … oh and some sun from time to time …

    BTW, I ran the marathon in 3h55…

  • alda August 24, 2008, 8:24 pm

    Philippe – Congratulations!!! – and sorry I couldn’t secure better weather for you.

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