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It’s all gone a bit íslenskur

5 February, 2014

It’s exactly seven months today that I will be boarding at Luton Airport (I refuse to call it London Luton, it’s not even inside the M25) and heading off to Reykjavík. Yes, I am excited already, and yes I am probably getting too excited too early, but fuck it – I’ve been wanting to go to Iceland for more than twenty years, and I’m gonna damn well enjoy the run-up and the hype as much as I enjoy the week I spend there.

So this past week I have gone into holiday-planning overdrive, reading guide books, researching bus schedules across the country, trying to work out if I have enough time and/or money to explore beyond the capital and the Golden Circle. Sadly I haven’t been as conscientious when it comes to learning the language, but that will come. Or at least as much as I need for a week away. I have also discovered that the weekend I visit coincides with international football. It’s too early for the games to be announced, but I am desperately hoping Iceland will be at home and I will get to the game.

I’m enjoying following Hannah’s “An American In Iceland” blog too, learning about the country and seeing the parts of Reykjavík that I wouldn’t find in the guidebooks. Even if you aren’t as obsessed with and excited about all things Icelandic as I am, pop over to her blog and admire the photography.

Oh, and yesterday there was this programme on radio 4:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03srqzk

in which sound recordist Chris Watson brings us many of the sounds and much of the geological history of Iceland. Well worth a listen. But I would say that wouldn’t I?

 

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8 Comments
  1. How fantastic! I can’t wait to read the blog of “A Brit in Iceland”. Don’t fret about being overexcited… you should be, for getting the chance to fulfill a dream.

  2. Could you get Rosetta Stone to learn the language? I’m trying to pick up Spanish for work and it’s been very helpful the little I’ve learned so far.

    Also, I think you have every right to be hyped about something you’ve waited years to do!

    • Rosetta stone is sooooooo expensive though 😦 I’ll stick with memorizing the stuff in the phrase book. I am good at grammar though so once I learn a bit I can look up different words to create my own phrases.
      I don’t need to be fluent just get by

  3. So you will also need to get a new camera to take a million photos to share with us and you can share all the photos you take learning to work the new camera as part of the build up 😀

  4. you’re my idol

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