- Posted October 18, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Iceland’s stunning capital
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
or that in souvenir shops ash from the volcanos is sold...
the city is not full of great atractions, but where else you can taste whale meat? where you can listen to OF MONSTERS AND MEN playing live and free in a park, or watch a viking saga museum, sunbathe next to a geysir all in walking distances? as a greek tourist I was kind of a peculiar spectacle to locals who kept asking me about our common financial problems , and explined how Iceland got through the crisis. such a proud nation could not done anything else than survive. If you live in the far north in such dramatic climate , a financial crisis can not scare you at all....I try to remember things of my visit to Reykjavik and the best memory is the welcome feeling I got from the people., the hype of the city, the great looks of the blondes....the atmosphere of a city that is for sure difficult to survive during winter for a mediterranean guy like me, but was really pleasant during the summer.I could not notice how proudly the nation presents the viking past, the sagas, the material cultural remains, learned a lot about a part of europe tooo far from my country and from my way of life. During july it was almost never completely dark at night and when I asked when nigh falls...I got the reply...in 2 months...
an old prison in the centre or Reykjavik is changed to a government building...always a residence of thieves as a local mentioned to me... Hard weather has given people a feeling of community, noone can survive alone in such conditions, but to live there you need to be free and equal and everybody respect the life and ideas of everybody. Admired the gay flag on the moist of the town hall...no such thing could happen in Greece for the following centuries...close to the city the landscape is stunning , referring to waterfalls , the Blue lagoon, volcanos , etc etc...