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Because Niceland is a small nation with a big nation complex

Went to the end-of-the-year showcase performance by students at the National School of Dance this evening, held at the Reykjavík City Theatre. My youngest stepdaughter was performing … it’s her last show at this particular venue as she’ll graduate at the end of the fall semester and these performances are generally only held there in the spring. Anyway, as I sat there I started to get yet another case of the warm and fuzzies about living in Iceland because … THE TALENT. It’s amazing how many talented people there are in this country and how freely and exuberantly they display that talent. I mean, we’re a nation of 300,000 people, f’rcryingoutloud, and yet you NEVER sense that in the creativity of the people here. It would be so easy for this city or this country to be like any old outpost of the same size where people have no hope and no faith in their own resources or their own creativity, but instead it’s the opposite. In Iceland, virtually everyone is creative, and virtually EVERYONE believes they can do anything, even conquer the world. And as I sat there and watched these kids so full of energy and promise and just giving their all to what they were doing, I just thought YES! Just … YES!!


People: I got my first sunburn of the season today. It was fantastic. Went out to meet some colleagues for lunch and we ended up at the amazing Jómfrúin, which had tables set up out on the sidewalk. We were there for just over an hour, and I have a very fetching, sunburned half-moon on my chest matching the scoop neck of my American Apparel top. And it was HOT. At least 17°C in the sun. Right now it’s 8°C [46F], the sun came up at 4.15 this morning, went down at 10.35 this evening.



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  • Professor Batty May 15, 2008, 2:56 am

    … when I tell people about the cultural scene in Iceland, they either can’t believe that it is done by only 300,000+ people, or that it is any good. It is, of course, both, you have a right to be proud!

  • Rozanne May 15, 2008, 3:27 am

    Sunburn, wow!

    Sounds like it was worth it, though. It’s always so nice to sit at an outside table at a restaurant or on the patio. I imagine that outdoor dining is something of a rarity in Iceland, even in summer.

  • rob May 15, 2008, 4:30 am

    Sounds like a right-brained Lake Woebegone!

  • mary May 15, 2008, 9:47 am

    And your book stores and galleries! Amazing!

  • alda May 15, 2008, 10:00 am

    Professor – absolutely!

    Rozanne – ok, it was a pretty superficial sunburn. But still!

    rob – over my head on that one. Sorry.

    mary – oui oui!

  • Valerie May 20, 2008, 4:32 am

    Thanks for that report on the state of creativity in Iceland- I’ve always wanted to visit, and now I’m coming as soon as I can!