• make backup copies of all my stuff on this computer • decide about hiking boots • print out all hostel confirmations • email T. about my plans • buy birthday present for my mum • see my best friend • get enough €€€ (and DKK from dad) • PACK!! • update packing list for future use
Ob vsej konfuznosti, pozabljivosti in splošni neorganiziranosti sem pripravljena, da grem. No ja, spakirala še nisem, ampak nabavljeno imam vse, oz. je na seznamu in nabavim jutri.
And some trivia:
• A return train ticket from Copenhagen to Odense costs more than an under-26 EuroDomino pass that gives me 3 days of unlimited travel in one month.
• It is impossible to buy Icelandic currency in Slovenia.
I have just learned that the exam I was supposed to take next Wednesday has been cancelled. I could take it on 2nd July, but, oops, I'll be in Iceland. Another date then is 2nd September, the day after I return from Edinburgh, so I think better not. Next date after that would then be 23rd September, when, oops, I'm on a boat somewhere in the Adriatic. Not that much of a biggie, I've got another year to pass that exam, but still, makes me feel so useless and very unmotivated.
Yes, I will graduate. Some day.
Oh, on a happier note - it also means I'm done with exams for this month :)
A couple from Minneapolis decided to go to Florida to thaw out during one particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the very same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day. The husband checked into the hotel.
There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an e-mail to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, he sent the e-mail. Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. He was a minister of many years who was called home to glory following a sudden heart attack. The widow decided to check her e-mail expecting messages of condolence from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she fainted. The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read....
To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I've arrived
Date: 16 January 2004
I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send e-mails to your loved ones.
I've just arrived, and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.
P.S. Sure is hot down here!
Desnica 4, levica 3 sedeži* v Evropskem parlamentu. Saj ne, da je trenutna levica prav posebej bajna (ali sploh prav leva), ampak jih imam vseeno raje kot Janšo et al. In na "desnih" listah sta kandidirala vsaj dva geografa, eden je bil izvoljen. Pa saj po mojem mnenju ne predstavlja posebne izgube za stroko. Tisti, ki bi jo, ni bil izvoljen.
No ja, volila sem pa le, tako da se imam zdaj pravico pritoževati.
Managed to get that infosheet from .pdf into .txt, so here's another interestig bit about Iceland. And I'm not taking any credit for this, people at WF wrote it with a lot of help from several books (this bit in particular is from Xenophobes guide to the Icelanders, I believe).
The hold of the huldufólk
At a public lecture about the huldufólk, when the speaker asked how many of the audience believed in elves, about 80% of those present raised their hands. Of them 50% had spoken to an elf and 25% had seen one. One man admitted to having made love to an elf (álfur in Icelandic) but it turned out he was hard of hearing and had thought the speaker had been talking about a calf (kálfur).
I finally received the infosheet for Iceland (I'm going to volunteer there for 2 weeks and travel another 2 weeks). It makes for excellent reading. For example:
How to begin a conversation with an Icelander?
That's easy! You begin by asking, for example, "What is the best way to get to the town of Dalvík?" This is a great beginning because Icelanders love to enlighten others and demonstrate their knowledge. The next question might be, "Is it nice in Dalvík?" The Icelander will most definitely answer, "No, I don't think so, go to Husavík instead. I have a cousin there named Þórður Eðvald, and he's the key man in the City council and..." He'll continue along these lines because Icelanders love to talk about family members and the good connections they have.
Next, you could ask, "How do you pronounce the name Þórður Eðvald?" A whole 20 minutes could go into teaching you how to pronounce the name Þórður Eðvald, including the time it takes to explain how he and Þórður Eðvald are related.
What should I say?
The Icelander will want to know everything about you, that's right, everything: when you were born, the names of your parents, your education, how many siblings you have, work history, etc. Then you get all kinds of questions, such as, "Is your sister married?" or, "Does your father own the company he works at?"
Then the Icelander will ask if you don't think Iceland is beautiful. This you must answer by a "yes" and then praise the country for about 10 minutes or so. Next, the Icelander will try to trick you a little by asking, "But it is cold in Iceland, isn't it?" This is a trap you must not fall into. Your answer, "No, the weather here is wonderful, I love wind and rain."
The Icelander will hardly believe his ears, and will ask with an ironic grin, "It is expensive living in Iceland." You immediately answer, "Expensive here? Nah, it's much more expensive in Tokyo and Oslo. Actually it's not so very expensive in Iceland, no, not at all."
Now you have won. The Icelander is bothe happy and pleased to meet a foreigner who is more Icelandic than he is himself. Yes, it's easy getting to know Icelanders.
• lots of flour
• as much or as little fresh yeast as you want
• salt (don't be embarrassed by the amount you need to make good bread)
• warm water, as much as needed
• olive oil and/or melted butter (be decadent!)
• extra ingredients you think would go well with it
Mix, let rise, knead, let rise again, form, let rise, bake at 180°C until buns/whatever give a hollow sound if you knock on them.
So there I was, avoiding studying by making some more Iceland arrangements. I've already mentioned this tour operator, but really I had no idea just why an Icelandic tour operator would offer tours around Iceland, Greenland, The Faroe Islands and beside that Slovenia. I've now figured it out - the director is Slovene, as is another employee.
Founded in 1988 by Helena Dejak, who was born and raised in Slovenia but has lived in Iceland for the past 20 years, Nonni Travel aims to encourage the travel of foreign and Icelandic visitors to the region and can assist other agencies with clients wishing to travel to Iceland or Greenland.
Hmmm, methinks I'm entitled to a big discount. :D (yeah, I wish)
There is a blackbird couple that nests on our balcony every spring. They usually start out with four eggs and success rate varies a lot. Last year only one young made it thruough its first month, while the year before all four survived. I wonder how many will survive this time.
Na našem oddelku imamo društvo, društvo pa ima glasilo, ki izide dvakrat letno. Občasno zanj kaj napišem, nazadnje pa sem lektorirala (hvala bogu ne slovenščine). Torej v zadnji številki sem glasovala za najboljše prispevke in bila izžrebana (tole je pa čisto nemogoče izgovoriti). Za nagrado sem dobila kuli in knjigo. Moja 16. nagrada :)
Zaradi celega kupa težav z VIS-om sem se danes oglasila pri tajnici, ki je, kot je rekel eden naših profesorjev, dejanska šefica oddelka. Ženska je strah in trepet študentov (in zaposlenih), zato sem se čez vikend lepo psihično pripravila. Nič pa me ni moglo pripraviti na - do ušes nasmejano tajnico, ki me je prav veselo poslušala in tudi rešila vse zaplete.
Mogoče sem si v 5 letih na tem faksu (!) prislužila nekaj spoštovanja. Ali pa je to znamenje bližajoče se apokalipse. Če bo šlo tako naprej, pri vpisu ne bo več vrste in profesorji bodo ob koncu semestra prirejali vrtne zabave za svoje kolege. Aja, ne, to zadnje je že res!
I'm going to my best friend's today to make muffins and to "sell" Lapland to her mother who's also coming. When did I become the person people ask for travel advice? And why is that never part of an exam?