• Icelanders protest an ambiguous withdrawal of our application for EU membership
    From the beginning of our devastating financial crisis in autumn of 2008 Icelanders have regularly marched down to the square in front of Althingi, the Icelandic Parliament, to protest.  They gather in numbers to protest decisions and actions of the Icelandic government.  Early on these protests reflected massive disappointment and anger.  Quite understandably as the Icelandic economy had collapsed and three of the largest banks were bankrupt. In recent times the protests have been peaceful and...
  • The storm seems to be approaching all the time
    The weather this winter has been exceptionally bad here in Iceland.  The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) is constantly issuing warnings to travelers and residents around the country.  It seems that we have one storm after another that are constantly bombarding Reykjavík and surrounding communities as well as the countryside and the rest of the country.  This has been going on since November and we can sense that many Icelanders are becoming really tired.  Consequently we are spending more...
  • At some point it was not so nice in downtown Reykjavik
    One of the most remarkable things about Iceland is the weather.  Like so many things in this country it is completely unpredictable. Today we experienced one of the worst weather that we have seen in Reykjavik in the south and the west in weeks.  Interesting because we have hardly had a calm day since December. The news sounded familiar and was all about cars that were stuck in snow on mountain roads and people that were rescued from their cars by our brave rescue team.  Hundreds of tourists...
  • Thingvellir is a beautiful and sacred place for Icelanders
    In many cities around the world people rarely have the opportunity to experience the quality of stepping out of the city to enjoy nature.  For many this is very difficult and almost impossible. For anyone who has the opportunity it is nourishment for the soul.  It is a substance that can really enhance your life in a small way. Contact with nature is a quality people should seek. I realized this when I met a woman in her fifties some years ago hiking in a wet storm deep in the highlands of...

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