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Fjöll, Fjöll, Fjöllum og Fjalla

I somehow found a way to make up for my lack of climbing trees as a child by climbing the mountains here in Iceland. There is something deeply ethereal about the summits of them, as if you’re breaching upon the … Continue reading

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A Soft Newton’s Cradle

I watch a bird in the distance as it befriends the wind. Long, slender feathers reach up to touch the breeze, like jet clouds cutting into the sky’s periwinkle flesh. The bird whispers into the sky, the breeze dips down … Continue reading

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Ég Anda, Ég Anda, Ég Anda

I stare out of my window into a surreal white sky, knowing the mountains of Mount Esja lie just behind me, soaking in their glory and in the clouds which they so kindly wrap around themselves. This place is a … Continue reading

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Ágætis Byrjun

  Playing: Ágætis Byrjun by Sigur Rós “Fjarlægur draumur fæðist…” “A distant dream is born,” And by born I mean alive, stretching out like the first golden rays of light pressing through the surface of the ocean, like the small … Continue reading

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Word of the Day

blævængur (n) “handheld fan” This word comes from blær meaning “breeze” and vængur meaning “wing,” taking a simple fan and defining it as a “breeze wing.” Speaking of blær, I want to note that Iceland has a stunning array of … Continue reading

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Word of the Day

pollagalli (n) “rain suit” The first thing this word brought to mind was English’s way of naming the pill bug: the roly poly. Often this word is also spelled “rolli polli” like “pollagalli.” Although this word has nothing to do … Continue reading

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Melodic, Silky Pillars of Rock

Halló! This just in: SUMMER HAS STARTED. What does this mean? Well, it most certainly leads into the fact that I have a month and a half to go until I am breathing Icelandic air. I’ll be preparing for this … Continue reading

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Word of the Day

ljósvaki (n) “ether/æther” For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept, the ether was a proposed concept in medieval science that was defined as the material that filled the universe above the terrestrial sphere. In the 17th an 18th centuries there were … Continue reading

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Ammonium Chloride Licorice and Björk’s TV Dissection

Since it’s been exactly one year since I firmly decided I wanted to pursue Icelandic, I’ve decided to commemorate by creating a list of wonderful and interesting things I discovered about Icelandic language and culture in the past few years. … Continue reading

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Happy First Birthday to a New Kind of Beauty

Today is a very significant day. It is a day in which I have been listening to Sigur Rós constantly because something very beautiful happened on this day, one year ago. My life changed. I experienced something beyond me, something … Continue reading

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