Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Today I started the second part of the snorri program, this is the work and family period. I am living with relatives of mine in a town called Selfoss and working at the bank as well as at the community rec center. Ill be here for 3 weeks. I have also purchased a cell phone here, feel free to call me but remember I am 6 hours ahead of Edmonton time, the number is 354-691-7058 its free for me to recieve international calls, but it will probably cost you a lot.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Our group with the president of Iceland, he's the old guy in the middle. In Iceland the head of government is the Prime Minister and the President is more like our Governor General, although the pres has executive veto power in parliament. This President is the only president in Icelandic history to have excercised his veto power, I don't know for what. He's my 7th cousin.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
This is a view of Pingvellir (thing-vellir) its the site of the Icelandic national cemetery as well as where guide books would have you believe democracy was invented which is a lie. Its a site where the viking chieftains met to discuss the important political issues of the day as well as to make laws and drink beer, there wasn't anything democratic about the process.
The ridge in the background is the beginning of the European continental plate, in the opposite direction of the picture is a similar ridge that is the North American plate, this is one of the very few places in the world where you can see Continental drift with your own eyes. These two plates are drifting apart and Iceland is getting bigger at the rate of 2cm/year.