Icelandic Vibes

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Language seminar in Reykjavik

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travelling and learningPosted by Marie Jun 20, 2010 02:17:01

The seminar started on Friday and Margareta and I were lucky enough to have our presentations right after the key note speech. It is fun to present, even though time is usually too short.

This was the case also this time. Advantage with short speaking time: you have to concentrate on the task and not deviate from the subject - the presentation becomes more to the point. Disadvantage: you feel stressed and there is no time for comments & questions from the audience. With my subject - the Computer, a facilitator in language teaching - it is difficult to set the right level as I dont know how computer literate the audience is. Is everything absolutely clear and easy or does my presentation appear obscure? A speaker with too short of time does not get the opportunity to take in the right vibes from the audience, but has to glance at the watch every now and then in order not to steal time from the following speaker. Time stealing is bad manners and totally selfish. It affects the whole range of presentations. Unfortunately it occurs at nearly all conferences. The moderator shows the sign 5 minutes left and the speaker drones on without consideration for the following speakers.

This time it went smoothly though my presentation felt a bit strained due to lack of time. Margareta was more composed and calm, too calm - I stood behind with my eyes glued to the watch.

A relief to have it all done. And it feels nice to go to all the interesting presentations without stress.

The photos below are from different places we have visited but they all show Iceland´s exotic scenery where the ground seems to be alive. The murmuring bubbling underground with mighty forces just under your feet. The widespread black lava fields that give you the impression of being on another planet. The austere rare beauty of a landscape that is not eager to please but evokes memories of a distant past shrouded in mists.



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Posted by Ragga Jun 24, 2010 03:55:39

You managed to take beautiful photos Marie. I am glad you guys were able to make the trip. You put it nicely, how nature seems to be alive. Your photos bring back a childhood memory, which feels outlandish from the here and now: My grandfather suffering from eczema, the family taking a drive to a sulphuric hot-spring with a pail on a rope and transferring by the pailfuls thick, steaming-hot, grey mud into a larger container for my grandfather to take home and store downstairs in the laundry room, to bathe in from time to time as home-made treatment for his condition. Surprise: it worked. Cost nothing, only the gas used by the car and the work invested by people. Emitted a funny smell from the basement laundry-room, but my grandfather felt better.

Posted by ingrid Jun 21, 2010 15:47:09

beautiful photos, says Ingrid