April 20, 2010
People in Iceland - How Are You?
They've had a terrible year financially and now this. But I haven't heard a peep about how the people from Iceland are dealing with this latest disaster. HOW ARE YOU DOING?
Back in 2002 I had to find (virtually) and describe every town and tourist destination in Iceland for an online travel encyclopedia I was working for. It's wonderful and temperate, yet a place of extremes. Here's how I described it back then
"Iceland is a combination of fire and ice; where active volcanoes, geysers and hot springs occur amid glaciers, ice fields and fjords. Rich in history, literature and folklore, Iceland offers many winter sporting activities with bird watching and fishing close behind"
To my ear, the name of the volcano Eyjafjallajokull is virtually unpronounceable. I would have said Ay-yaf-yalla-yokul, but I'm not even close. My favourite translation instrument Forvo doesn't have a sample yet. But if you listen here, (it's fast) the first one is an example of how it's supposed to be said. I've also found a blog called The Iceland Weather Report that states it's business as usual there. Good to hear.
top image - www.thetravelpeach.com
bottom image -www.art-iceland.com