Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
After almost 5 months here in Reykjavik, and what I have learned about the great 101 is that the Cats rule the city. Now Cats isn't a name of a gang here in the city. I am talking about legit cats. I'm super cereal. Every corner you turn you see a cat, scampering away to hide behind a parked car. Sometimes at night I am a little of afraid to walk around the city by myself because I know that I will see the cats lurking around in the dark alleys.... Joke.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Give up? The correct time that I took this photo is 10:00...p.m. CRAZY. The sun officially doesn't
set until like 10:30 now so that means that it is dark for maybe 5-6 hours. This new occurrence is really throwing off my since of time because well the sun rises and sets at such weird times. I freaked out when I found out that the sun was setting like this at 10:00 and freaked out even more when the sun officially went down at 10:30 and was still twilight until like 12:00. Iceland is crazy.
Okay so lets get down to business. There are a couple big things in the news about Iceland currently so I will do my best to tackle them all.
1. Eyjafjallajökull is acting up again. Again, I cannot see/feel/affected by this. I am way too far away from the volcano to really be directly affected by this. However, it has been an issue for planes... again. They closed Keflavik had people redirected to Akureyri then to Glasgow than to where ever. The only thing that makes me a little nervous is that I HAVE to leave by Sunday in order to make it in time for my class on Monday in Pontlevoy, France. I am not going to really worry about. If I get “stuck” here in Iceland then I will take it as a sign that I am supposed to stay in Iceland longer for whatever reason.
2. Financially crisis. Everyone heard about it and to be completely honest I was kind unsympathetic about it. I was completely uneducated in this matter so I really shouldn’t have made any harsh feelings towards it but the way saw it is that Iceland was once a VERY rich nation.
Pre 2007 you could do ridiculous things because they “had” money. Then the crash that made Iceland like everyone else. The main reason why I was so insensitive towards this whole situation is the fact they are not really that poor.
Compare to back home, Michigan was facing 14% unemployment, one of the poorest states in the worst finical crisis since the Great Depression.
But recently I learned that the crisis here in Iceland is a little worst than I originally thought. If I have been told correctly, each person on average owes about $20,000 a year in taxes because of this crisis… That is a crap ton of money. Now I fathom why people are moving out this island. And the thing that really is terrible is that the people who are responsible for this are sitting the shade with a glass of lemonade. That is until now…
Last Friday, The Supreme Court of Iceland confirmed yesterday the custody ruling over
former CEO of Kaupthing Hreidar Már Sigurdsson and former director of Kaupthing in Luxembourg Magnús Gudmundsson. These men are now in solitary confinement in Iceland’s maximum-security prison Litla-Hraun. About time! It has only been like 3 years, many people are broke while you guys are rich as ever.
I am still not completely educated in this matter but now I feel like I can sympathize better with these Icelanders on what they are going through.
3. Babies. Yes little Icelandic babies. They are everywhere. I have never seen so many children around town. It is like rabbits, they are multiplying everywhere. Most of my classmates have children or are pregnant. There was a girl in rhino class who looked 9 months pregnant and now I don’t see here around anymore so I am guessing that she popped out that kid inside her. (Classy way to describe the miracle of birth). I guess that’s why they leave their children in their strollers outside while the parents get a cup of coffee; everyone has their own kid so why steal someone’s?
But really, there are a lot of kids here in Iceland. Wonder why? Because the State is good to parents with children and it is completely socially acceptable to be unmarried and have children. Seriously, if I pop out a kid un-expectingly I am totally moving to Iceland. It is so nice here to be a mother and still do schooling or working or whatever.
I was reading an article on the interweb and it rated Iceland 3rd best place for mothers (It trailed right behind Norway and Australia).
P.S. Sorry for the crazy layout for this. I don't know why it is acting like this.
Side Note: I ran today. For a long time, like 8 miles worth. I didn't really time myself because I took a pretty long break on the shore but 8 miles baby (or should I say about 13 km). I think I will say it in kilometers because it sounds more impressive at least to me.
I marked on the map where I went. Be Impressed. Be Very Impressed
Completely different side note: I being here made me realize what a terrible procrastinator I am and even bigger wuss. I am trying to fix both but I wish they were already fixed... Oh well. Sorry for the randomness.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
- What I think is strange here in Iceland?
- What is a typical Michigan dish? (and what is a typical American dish?)
- You leave your babies outside in their strollers when you sit inside a cafe for a cup of coffee
- On Ash Wednesday, kids dress up in Halloween costumes go to stores, sing to the clerks for candy
- Doors require two hands to open (one hand on the lock to unlock it and the other on the handle to open)
- Parking. (There are quite a few for this one) Parking on the curb in front of a store, making own parking space on corners of streets, crooked parallel parking, cars not all in the same direction on side of street...
- Almost everything closes at 6pm
- You talk while inhaling
- Cats rule the streets (I see probably at least 5 different cats on the way to school out on the streets)
- Windows only open a crack
- People don't go out on the weekends until midnights and end their partying at 5am
- People always are dressed up like they are about to hit a runway
- The weather changes quite literally every 5 minutes
- None of you are really have this natural "icelandic" bleach blond hair... it is all fake
- Chocolate cake is always served in every cafe and restaurant in town.
- People always seem to be chewing gum
- Though the city isn't really that big, people always seem to drive everywhere
- Cars are as big as they are in America
- The newest accessory to have is a little baby not little dogs
- Buildings and places around town date as far back as 1950. From 900AD-1950 I am not exactly sure what happened.
- Coffee is your life line and keeps you moving
- Produce look like it has seen better days
- Alcohol is SO expensive here
- You can drive just 10 minutes outside the city of Reykjavik and be surrounded by a surreal landscape
- Women import men to live here. They go abroad, get knocked up and make the baby's daddy move to Iceland
- Coney Island Hot Dogs (I had no idea)
- Lebanese Food
- Greek Food
- Polish Food