Three times a week I go to The Tin Can Factory to learn Icelandic. This building used to be a factory, so it gives a familiar feeling. It’s just a ten minutes walk to get there, so that is also a plus. The building itself has a round shape, and on the inside it looks like a living room, with a couple of classrooms attached to it. The whole atmosphere is relaxed and not too serious, something that I really like. One thing we have to do is keep a diary in Icelandic. We have to write in it every day before we go to class and during the lessons we read to each other what we have written. Another thing that I like is that we play simple games in Icelandic. The emphasis lies on making you feel comfortable with the language. Last Thursday we celebrated Þorrablót. The main thing about this mid-winter festival (at least these days) is eating the traditional Icelandic dishes. The traditional dishes are really interesting, foods like blood pudding, fermented shark, boiled sheep heads and testicles of rams. Of course I couldn’t eat any of this, but still I kind of liked the weirdness of it all.
Last Wednesday I went to a board game evening and played Pandemic! I really enjoyed this, but maybe I was a little bit too serious (as I didn’t like people talking all of the time, lol, I probably shouldn’t write these things down ;-)). There were quite a lot of people. The event took place in the cafe of Bíó Paradís, which is actually a cinema. Like most places in Iceland the feel of the place is casual and tolerant. Funny fact is that there is a Dutch movie playing at the moment, Borgman. 🙂
Another thing that I haven’t written about yet is that I went to Harpa. This is a very new concert hall and it is one of the striking buildings in Reykjavík. It is built up from geometric shaped glasses that change colour all of the time. I went to a performance of three cello suites of Bach. I was very impressed by the building, I loved the luxurious looks of the different areas. When I was exploring the building I even ended up in the main hall, because the door to this hall wasn’t locked on the 4th floor (:-P). For a moment I stood there in that huge, silent and empty hall and felt really small.
Last but not least I’m happy with all the snail mail I’m receiving! I got several postcards, letters and my parents have sent me a big birthday package. Thanks all! Oh yeah, and I bought really cool earrings at Kolaportið (yes, lava earrings)!