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Random Iceland stuff (by David)

by on August 7, 2013

As always, some things that stood out:

Anna got to drink Krap!

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It was blue slushy-like stuff. Goes well with the Pschitt we had in Paris last year!

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Hey lady, next time you go hiking on a rocky path along a cliff above a huge waterfall, DON’T WEAR HEELS!

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She fell twice, once perilously close to the edge.

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Goat!

(Sheep?  Goat-sheep?  Some nasty-looking four-horned mutant thing either way)

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Here’s the main downtown square in Reykjavik on a sunny summer day.

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After the massive throngs at the main squares in Brussels or Istanbul, this was simply quaint.

Iceland has half the population, and half the GDP, of Vermont (the state with the least GDP and population). It’s basically a country with only one (small) city and a lot of rocks and glaciers.

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As the kids said in their posts, it was very (very) cool to walk in the gap between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates…  Iceland sits right on the fault line, and as the plates pull apart, the land sinks and big rift valleys open up. Then volcanoes pop up and flood the valleys with lava, then the whole process rinses and repeats.

And at the same place (without understanding the geology), the first Iceland settlers created the first democratic Parliament in 930.  They had all come from Norway and just didn’t want to have a king, so all the landowners got together once a year to make laws, decide justice, set taxes, etc.

America gave Iceland a statue of Lief Ericsson to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of this. The statue isn’t that great, but the event is cool, so here’s the statue

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Two days to go, then home!  We’re doing great… not nearly as wiped out at the end as we were last year.  We’ve taken it a bit easier, Iceland is cooler than Rome in August, and 7 weeks instead of 9 was the right decision.

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One Comment
  1. Uncle Phil permalink

    You can leave the Krap and Pchitt out of the doggie bag…

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