Icelandic Vibes

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Language seminar in Reykjavik

End of intensive & inspiring stay

travelling and learningPosted by Marie Jun 20, 2010 23:42:00

The first day of conference ended with a great conference dinner out on Viðey island. We ate Icelandic specialities and sang, accompanied by an accordeonist, songs from our different countries at the top our our voices. Most successful was the Icelandic song Riðum Riðum.

The following second and last day passed too quickly. Much reflecting on our roles as teachers and how learners learn best. Thoughts that never receive due attention once school has started. Thoughts that need to be thought, so to say!

On Sunday we went to worship in Hallgrimskirkja, a grey concrete colossus that is inviting, though, in spite of its majestic shape. You feel welcome under its Gothic high-pointed vaults and tall, narrow windows. Like the Icelandic landscape, the church has its austere beauty - no flattering ornaments; just a plain naked interior.
Beautiful music, a lovely choir and more Gregorian chant (written mensural-like notation) than in a Swedish service.

The Blue Lagoon filled the rest of our day. Strange feeling to step into the hot water that is warmed by underground bubbling activity. A giant steaming pool surrounded by black lava. Very very relaxing to float around in the water in these peculiar looking surroundings.