Mittwoch, Februar 27, 2008
á sjónum allar bárur smáar rísa
og flykkjast heim að fögru landi Ísa,
að fósturjarðar minnar strönd og hlíðum.
Ó! heilsið öllum heima rómi blíðum
um hæð og sund í drottins ást og friði;
kyssi þið, bárur! bát á fiskimiði,
blási þið, vindar! hlýtt á kinnum fríðum.
Vorboðinn ljúfi! fuglinn trúr, sem fer
með fjaðrabliki háa vegaleysu
í sumardal að kveða kvæðin þín!
Heilsaðu einkum, ef að fyrir ber
engil, með húfu og rauðan skúf, í peysu;
þröstur minn góður! það er stúlkan mín.
Freitag, Februar 08, 2008
Dienstag, Dezember 11, 2007
- I learned that one can do a good job in a bank,…without wearing a suit
- And I learned that it is ok to scream once in a while – even in the office
- I learned that you can even do a good job while wearing fancy hats gorgeous sunglasses or red metal wigs
- and I learned that you might be careful when having a video conference with SAP while being dressed like this
- I learned how you can setup an annuity loan where the only constant is the number of payments
- I learned that you can “build a church”, even though you think you are only loading bricks
- I learned that you must not tell an employee of Kaupthing Bank to jump
- and I learned that there can be a country where everybody is leading a company
- I learned that Vikings - even though they are strong and wild - have to write at least one book in their livetime
- I learned that you look rediculous while using snus!
- I learned “how to drink”, even though I thought I knew it before
- I learned that it is sometimes a good idea to have a drinking culture that differs from “drink as much as possible as fast as you can”
- and I learned that high taxes on alcohol do not prevent from drinking in any way
- I learned that everybody can do a good Karaoke job if he or she has drunk enough
- I learned that some food is getting better, when it is rotten
- And I learned that some food is still awful, even though it became better by being rotten…
- I learned that there can be a lot of pronunciations of ll and that – with some training – your mouth can produce sounds that you never thought of.
- I learned to pronounce “verði þér að góðu”, what was one of the hardest things I ever did
- learned to say Hlemmur in a way even an Icelandic taxi-driver would understand it
- I learned that a language that has 45 different ways just to say the word “green,” does not necessarily need a single one for the meaning of “please”
- I learned that painting every house in a different colour leads to an unexpected cosy and nice picture of the town
- I learned that, while Köln is often called “the northernmost town of Italy”, there is still a far northern place that could be called the northernmost neighbourhood of Köln
- I learned why the girls in Iceland are pretty and those in England are ugly
- I learned that 44 degree hot warm water feels veeery hot when you jump into it
- And I learned that a glacial river will wake you up, no matter how tired you are…
- I learned that – if you think you know all traffic signs all over the world – somebody will create an unexpected new one
- And I learned that it is ok to put traffic signs just in the middle of the street
- I learned that you can either believe in elves and trolls or not, but still live with them
- I learned that it is possible to expect, that everybody is honest without being totally disappointed
- And I learned that the statement above does not apply for car rentals
- I learned that it is possible to mix the cold attitude of Scandinavian people with the amazing tranquillity of people from south Europe
- I learned that you do not necessarily have to have only one Santa Claus. 13 will do fine, too
- I understood that even small children can survive when they are left outside in the snow in a warm buggy
- I learned that smaller does not necessarily means worse – if you’re talking about lobster for example…
- I learned that it need not to be taller than a man to call it a horse
- and I learned that total silence can hurt in your ears
- I learned that fireworks can be big, no huge,… no , … maybe HUGE!
- I learned that you can change the name of a big company like Islandsbanki within one weekend
- I learned that every weather is predictable (if “maybe windy, could rain or snow, depending on the temperature” is called a prediction)
- I learned that if it is snowing after april, its not snowing but only frozen water falling from the sky
- and I learned that vertical rain - in other words: rain falling top down - means indeed good weather
- I learned that you can adjust the power of a radiator by only opening more and more windows
- I learned that you do not need tissues when you have a running nose (still I do not like this lesson!)
- I learned that even Vikings need a toy – preferable a monster jeep
- And I learned that there can be a lot of different meanings of “off-road” since a glacier for example is NOT really offroad
- I learned that cute birds can be tasty as well (sorry for that, Filiz)
Finally I learned that you can put a huge project on hold within one afternoon
And now there is one important thing I still have to learn:
Living without a bunch of crazy people on a crazy island…
Takk fyrir sidast! Èg svona að við sjaumst aftur!
Dienstag, November 27, 2007
Freitag, November 23, 2007
Es haben wahrscheinlich nicht so viel gemerkt, aber Island hat seine Truppen aus dem Irak abgezogen. Soweit ich weiß, schon im Oktober. Aber Island wäre nicht Island, wenn sie sich einfach so verdrücken würden. Isländer sind Wikinger! Harte Kerle, die gehen nicht einfach so durch die Hintertür! Das entsprechende VIDEO (siehe unten) wird sicher ein Standardwerk der modernen Kriegsdiplomatie werden!
Der Vollständigkeit halber zitiere ich hier erst mal eine Pressemeldung
Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir has decided to remove an Icelandic Crisis Response Unit (ICRU) member from a NATO training program for the Iraqi army in Baghdad next month, causing disappointment among NATO leaders.
The ICRU member has been working in Baghdad for the last two years, primarily as a media representative, and will cease working there October 1, Morgunbladid reports.
John Craddock, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe for NATO and the US European Command, said at a press conference in Iceland yesterday that Iceland is an important and active NATO member and that he was disappointed with Gísladóttir’s decision.
Leider muss ich jetzt hier etwas aufklärend zugeben, dass es sich bei dem VIDEO nicht um eine isländische Produktion handelt, sondern (glaub ich zumindest) um eine Amerikanische, die sich im Wesentlichen darüber lustig machen will, dass Islands "Truppen", bestehend aus einem einzigen Pressemitarbeiter, von Bush als einer der 36 Mitglieder der "Koalition" gezählt wurde...
Donnerstag, November 22, 2007
Welche Jacke nehme ich denn heute,......kommt mir plötzlich in den Sinn. Wir schauen uns an und denken plötzlich alle nahezu das selbe.
Zu Hause wären sicher nicht mehr alle dieser Mäntel da!...sage ich und bekomme zur Antwort:
Mag sein, aber bei mir zu Hause wär sicher keiner mehr da!
Ich glaube, ich hatte schon mal erwähnt, dass ich dieses Land liebe, oder?
Und etwas traurig in Anbetracht der wachsenden Zuwanderungsprobleme muss ich denken:
Wie lange wohl noch?
Dienstag, November 20, 2007
Andere wiederum warten auf den ersten Schnee – das geht in Island nicht, sonst käme man im Sommer manchmal etwas durcheinander. Aber auch so richtigen Schnee hatten wir schon!
Dann gibt es welche, die behaupten, der Winter ist gekommen, wenn die Schokonikoläuse in den Geschäften auftauchen. Das würde in Island sogar zeitlich einigermaßen passen, aber in Deutschland, wo die Osterhasen sich schon hinter den Weihnachtsmännern verstecken, können wir über diese Definition nur lachen.
Für mich ist es richtig Winter, wenn es abends wieder hell wird!
Richtig. Eigentlich wird es am Jahresende immer dunkler, aber das lässt man sich hier in Island nicht so einfach gefallen! Und am Samstag ist sie endlich vorgefahren, die Armada der Wagen, die das lustige Weihnachtsleuchten einläutet! Der Laugarvegur ist nun schon kräftig geschmückt und der Rest der leuchtgeilen Isländer wird sicher nicht lange auf sich warten lassen und alles mit Lichterketten schmücken, was nicht weglaufen kann!
Ich freu mich auf den Winter!