1) There are roughly 5 sets of lights in all of Iceland. And each of those lights has a long line up. But there are 1000’s of round abouts – and there were never more than 2 cars and 15 seconds to move. That’s different from Winnipeg.
2) Wind really does exist!! The first 3 days I was pretty sure wind was a myth. Turns out on day 4 we got hit with a vengeance :). We went to shore, stood on some rocks, opened our jackets and made ourselves like a parachute – and we were blown around and covered in salt water – Quite something.
3) Icelanders typically want to leave their nation and live somewhere else – and yet they are fearcly loyal to their country and are proud to be Icelandic.
4) Swimming in the ocean in winter seems to be a pass time among seniors – in particular women. So I think I have misunderstood the women who are 55 plus age group in our church. I think we may need to take up winter swimming!
5) Bascially everyone speaks English!
6) Icelanders love their candy – but its not actually candy. It’s black liquorice and pepper. Yep, surprised me every time :). Even their gum rocks these flavours.
7) Police are non-existent in the country. In 6 days I saw ONE officer. That’s it! Now on the flip side – there are big speed bumps everywhere. In Spanish they are called ‘Topez’ Which means – sleeping policeman. So if you call the speed bumps ‘police’ we saw and felt them ALOT!!
8) Coffee is expensive! And they don’t have places that actually give you a cup of coffee. It’s more like an espresso, small drink, a sip! I am craving some good coffee. Anchor Point has the best coffee! Thanks Carman for roasting our amazing coffee 🙂
9) Dogs are cute in all countries!
10) Iceland has a lot of horses! But they are ‘farmed’ for meat! I did not eat any of the meat – but I would have :). They were also all ponies. I didn’t see one full size horse!! What I learned: The men are big boys and the horses are small! I think it helps keep the pecking order in place 🙂
Ok, that’s what you get! I hope you have enjoyed the written adventure! More to come!