Friday, September 28, 2012


I'm so proud of myself!  I've learned how to spell Reykjavik without looking!  It's a nice town, the people are friendly, and everyone wears hand-knitted sweaters, gloves, hats and mittens.  Al has had whale dinner two nights in a row and I'm deciding how much yarn will fit in the suitcase.

Iceland has a total population of 319,575 in 39,768 square miles, about the size of Kentucky.  203,594 of those Icelanders live in the greater Reykjavik area, with 118,814 in the city proper.  The names are listed in the phone book by first name first, including the Prime Minister.  Everyone speaks Icelandic, which is similar to Old Norse, but they also speak English and many other languages.  This year Icelandair turns 75 and will carry two million passengers!

I've been trying to read local as we travel.  James Joyce in Dublin, Anne Frank in Amsterdam and now loaded some Iceland Sagas, their tales of history.  How long will I remember any of it?  Don't ask me any questions, okay?

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