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October 6th, 2004
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Since I found my passport, I guess I need to decide if I'm going to Iceland or not. And if I am going, I need to pick dates and buy tickets. I don't have much time to think about this right now (busy busy busy at work), so I'd like it if people could give me some good reasons to go to Iceland, and also some good reasons not to go to Iceland. Well, actually, I have plenty of reasons not to go, so I guess I'm asking for a bit of convincing.

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From:beowabbit
Date:October 6th, 2004 09:30 am (UTC)
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How can you not go to a country where your going to see þorns and eðs on street signs? What are you thinking Of course you're going to go!

As for picking dates, that depends on whether you want 20 hours of darkness or 20 hours of light.
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From:queue
Date:October 6th, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)

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To maximize vacation days, I'm going to go some time around Thanksgiving. So, I'll either go the weekend before Thanksgiving through the weekend of Thanksgiving, or I'll leave on Thanksgiving and come back the weekend following Thanksgiving.

What are þorns and eðs? (I sort of know how to pronounce those, too! Well, I at least know how to pronounce those two consonants that we don't have in English. Not entirely clear on vowel pronunciation.)
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From:beowabbit
Date:October 6th, 2004 10:32 am (UTC)

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Thorn and eth are the English names of the letters þ and ð. (Eð is the Icelandic name of the letter ð; I don't know what the Icelandic name of þ is. The English name eth comes from the Icelandic; the English name thorn comes from Old English þorn, which was the name of the Germanic rune that became the Old English -- and Icelandic -- letter "þ".)

In Icelandic, I believe that þ is only used initially, where it's pronounced like th in "thin" or "thaw", and ð is used everywhere else, where it's usually pronounced like "th" in "then" or "those". In Old English, the two letters were used pretty much interchangeably, and the pronunciation (as in "thin" or "then") depended on adjoining letters.

(I know almost nothing about how to pronounce Icelandic vowels, but I did notice on the web recently that æ is pronounced like English "i" in "ice", or "aye" in "aye aye, Cap'n!". Weird.)
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From:queue
Date:October 6th, 2004 10:38 am (UTC)

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I got an email this morning that the library book on Icelandic I requested came in, so I should be picking that up today. It comes with audio! I'm pretty excited about that. I'll have to resist the urge to play with it today since my room needs cleaning very badly.
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From:bitty
Date:October 6th, 2004 09:36 am (UTC)
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As for picking dates, that depends on whether you want 20 hours of darkness or 20 hours of light.

a good date doesn't need much light. *snerk*
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From:spwebdesign
Date:October 6th, 2004 09:47 am (UTC)
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Go. Why? Because you want to. It'll be a new and exciting experience. And if you don't go, you won't be wondering, "What if?" You clearly have an itch to go, so scratch it. Regular life will still be here when you get back.

BTW, I just realized where I'd seen your new userpic...DOH! I'm a bit slow at times. ;)
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From:mattlistener
Date:October 6th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC)
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Iceland is geologically fascinating. If I remember correctly they don't import any power since they can generate everything they need geothermally. The North Atlantic plate boundary goes right through the island.

I believe Colin has been there -- he's much travelled! You might give him a ring.
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From:hrafn
Date:October 6th, 2004 11:42 am (UTC)
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Aurora borealis. And other very cool atmospheric phenomena, like halos, which you can see down here, but are more likely to farther north (or far south). Here's an article from Alaska.
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From:queue
Date:October 6th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
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Cool! I didn't realize that there were still mysteries surrounding these phenomena.
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From:surrealestate
Date:October 6th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC)
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I have the book out, btw, for when/however you want to acquire it.
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From:curly_chick
Date:October 6th, 2004 05:31 pm (UTC)
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My coworker went there and said it was the best vacation of her life. I think if you have the opportunity to have an adventure like this you should do it. I am not aware of any of reasons you shouldn't.
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