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18 May, 2014

It’s getting closer to holiday time – what progress have I made?

I had a day off last week and though perhaps I should have spent a proportion of it writing (oops) the majority of it was spent online learning Icelandic. Or trying to. I listened and repeated, I learned new and necessary phrases like “what is your phone number” and “where are you going today” and I made lots of notes. And pretty much every day since I have gone back and re-read the exercises again and it seems to be sticking. I learnt the numbers from 11-100, which I can mostly remember, and I am constantly practicing the phrases I have learnt, aswell as pronouncing Eyjafjallajökull which I probably won’t need on holiday (unless it erupts again) but I will make sure I bring up in conversation at least just once because I can.

I have sent off £75 for a new passport, and have bought n paid for the coach tickets from my house to the airport, so although I haven’t yet paid for my accommodation in Reykjavík yet, I have at least paid to get there. Or to Keflavík airport anyway, the bus to town is a few krona more.

My itinerary is coming together, although still fairly fluid as I don’t know what the weather will be so I don’t want to book (for example) whale watching yet in case that day turns out to be a stormy monster. Similarly my excursion round the Golden Circle.

One thing I have decided is that rather than KR Reykjavík, I shall be adopting Valúr as the Icelandic football team I support. Partly because they play right near where I will be staying (although they won’t play while I am there) and are therefore my local team, but also because they play in red, and I feel much more comfortable supporting a team in red. Okay the national team play in blue (the colour of my most hated English team) but national teams are different, and I will still be buying and wearing one of their shirts too.

So, real progress had been made this week. I just need to save up the cash to be able to afford to do the stuff I want to do, and all will be tickety-boo.

  1. You’ve not been there before, right? Very exciting planning for vacation. I so look forward to the time.

  2. Since I couldn’t find the comment box on your Mum’s birthday post please allow me to use this place here to offer belated birthday wishes to your Mum in Heaven; betcha by golly wow your Mum and my Mom are hanging together, and my Mom is thanking yours for being a good friend when I needed one most and for inspiring me to write at times I don’t even want to, well, you know, you’ve made a difference in my life, so thanks to your Mum for being YOUR Mum. She done good.

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