Last week, on June 17 [Iceland’s National Day] a man here in Reykjavík [well, nearby municipality of Álftanes to be precise] took an excavator to his house and demolished it. He also dug a hole in his yard into which he dumped his car and shoveled some earth on top.
He’d lost the house in the collapse and didn’t want the bank to have it.
Then, two nights ago, a man went berserk, rammed a jeep he was driving into all four doors of the fire station in Skógarhlíð [here in Reykjavík] before ramming into a police cruiser and at least one of two ambulances that tried to stop him, then taking off at high speed. He drove down Skúlagata and hit two separate cars on the way before ramming into the gate of the main police station down by Hlemmur. Apparently his intention was “to kill a cop”.
This certainly gives one pause. Incidents like these are not common here in Niceland. And they certainly beg the question whether the social contract that Eva Joly has so frequently talked about [and talks about in this interview] is already being broken. That people are just snapping, figuring they’ve got nothing left to lose and why should they care about anything – social codes, mores or their fellow citizens.
I fear this is the dark underbelly of the kreppa.
BUT IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL HERE NOW
The height of summer, season of the midnight sun. Everything is so vibrant green and the sun so dazzling … it’s hard to believe that people are desperate enough to pull stunts like the ones above. Right now, 10 pm, we have brilliant sunshine with light breezes, such a pretty evening. It’s 9°C [48F] right now, the sun came up at 2.56 this morning, will set at 12.03, er, tomorrow.
[PS I’ve finally added titles and descriptions to our Berlin photoset on Flickr.]