Amanda from Seattle is staying with relatives in Þingeyri in the Westfjords:
"The family I'm currently staying with in Þingeyri also has their 4 and 6 year old Grand Daughters from Reykjavík staying with them as well this week. When my host mom Sonja and the girls picked me up in Ísafjörður airport they were occupying themselves in the back of the car counting to 500 in Icelandic. I said that I was jealous of their counting skills and Sonja said "Oh you will learn much Icelandic from them while you're here" I was almost insulted with her implication that little kids were much more at my speed, but it's simply the truth right now. I've been roped into playing many a game of BakTal, which I assume from the picture on the box it means "Back Talk") to which my Grammar and Pronunciation is constantly being corrected by 4 year old Anita. Getting schooled by a child 25 years younger than yourself is a truly humbling experience.
Yesterday I came downstairs to find Anita and Karitas in my room jumping on my bed each holding one of my cameras and mockingly shouting "Ég er Amanda!" (I am Amanda!") over and over and laughing.