I first became curious about Iceland when as a child of about 7 or 8, I heard tell in school of the Norwegian/Icelandic explorers/adventurers Erik the Red, who settled Greenland, and his son Leif Eriksson, who was said to have discovered Vinland. Then, while I was in secondary school, I met a girl who'd actually been born and lived there until her parents divorced and her mother took her back with her to her own native country, The Netherlands. The stories she told me of her father's country fired my imagination and instilled in me the longing to go there and look around for myself one day. But it's been 30 years and I still haven't gone...
I have been to Egypt though, became masriyya through marriage, and I don't know what to make of the 'revolution' that got rid of Mubarak earlier in the week. Traditionally as well as practically, Arab nations aren't familiar with the concept of democracy; and from what I know of the Egyptians, most of them have other, more important things to worry about than what form their government should take. 30% of the population can neither read nor write, and 60% live on or just above the breadline. Corruption is everywhere. With Mubarak out of the way, and the Military High Council in charge, I don't see that there is really going to be a fundamental change in the short term...and in the long term, who knows?
Day 14 - Your earliest memory
Day 15 - Your favorite tumblrs
Day 16 - Your views on mainstream music
Day 17 - Your highs and lows of this past year
Day 18 - Your beliefs
Day 19 - Disrespecting your parents
Day 20 - How important you think education is
Day 21 - One of your favorite shows
Day 22 - How have you changed in the past 2 years?
Day 23 - Give pictures of 5 guys who are famous and who you find attractive.
Day 24 - Your favorite movie and what it’s about
Day 25 - Someone who fascinates you and why
Day 26 - What kind of person attracts you?
Day 27 - A problem that you have had
Day 28 - Something that you miss
Day 29 - Goals for the next 30 days