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Signs part two Posted by on Jun 30, 2012

Here are some signs, mostly from downtown Reykjavik. Reykjavík is very fond of frosted glass and many houses have it, especially on doors, although it’s less common for businesses. This and the one before it are signs put up by the public. Often if there’s some kind of protest planned, or if a new club…

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Beware the sheep. Posted by on Jun 27, 2012

For those who only see Reykjavík during their stay in Iceland they probably only show up on a menu on every restaurant you go to, but once outside the city they’ll become a regular feature. On hills, mountains, meadows, they’re everywhere. Even in places where you’d think no animal or even human could venture unless…

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Months and Dates Posted by on Jun 26, 2012

Month names are easier to remember than the days of the week because they’re so similar to English. Month names aren’t capitalized, unless another capitalization rule overrides it (such as when they’re at the beginning of a sentence). This post is more useful in conjunction with the posts about days of the week, number post…

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Is this person a drusla, a slut? Posted by on Jun 24, 2012

You may be wondering why on earth am I so keen on teaching you rude words of Icelandic today with such a provocative image attached, but I have an excuse, I swear! The annual Drusluganga (SlutWalk) parade crowded up the downtown area yesterday and by a lucky accident I happened to walk right into it. The answer…

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National Dress Posted by on Jun 23, 2012

A little while ago, nearer to May Day, was National Dress Day (peysufatadagur). I had to wait to make this post because it took some time for people to start uploading all their photos and videos. Otherwise, this post is so late because I have my posts for this blog written and scheduled over a…

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Is your neighbour an elf? Posted by on Jun 22, 2012

Happy Midsummer/Solstice everyone! Unlike many European countries, this time of the year is not celebrated very much in Iceland, at least in comparison. There’s Þórláksmessa (the summer version of it – one is held on 20th June and another on 23rd December) held in the memory of Þórlák hinn helga Þórláksson, the patron saint of…

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Looking over Reykjavík. Posted by on Jun 20, 2012

Now for that final leg of the climb to the very top of Esjan! The day we began our climb was a sunny one and even though we started out during the early hours of the morning we were feeling a little bit uncomfortable in our warm clothes for most of the time. This quickly…

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