Thinking About Iceland
Now it begins.
The long countdown to my return to Iceland. My infatuation for ‘The Rock’ had faded in recent months, but has recently been rekindled, not in the least part by the efforts of the triumvirate of the ‘three sisters’ of Icelandic Internet Information: Alda, Auður and Maria.
Alda is well on her way to becoming the printed authority on Icelandic Culture. Her ever-expanding series of books, both fact and fiction, is threatening to overwhelm all other Icelanders who write for foreign readers. Although she now usually uses Facebook to communicate, her original blog is still active, with longer posts about once a week.
Maria’s Iceland Eyes is still going as well. More personal than Alda’s blog, it features her ruminations on what it means to live in Iceland. Low-key yet heartfelt, it is the internet equivalent of having coffee with an old friend.
Finally, read Auður’s heartfelt post about her relationship with her blog, her family, dealing with tourists and, of course, Iceland. She is a national treasure.
Update: Expatriate Larissa Kyser has emerged from her immersion in Icelandic linguistic studies to resume posting on the Eth & Thorn blog again. Her current post contains links to PRI podcasts on the Icelandic language. In two parts, they constitute an excellent overview of the the tradition and future of Icelandic.