It's amazing how fast time flies. Last night we had a BBQ at my house downtown Reykjavík, sort of like a farewell party before everyone heads out to their host families. It rained like cats and dogs, not like Icelandic rain - more like "foreign rain" as we say here. Addi, my husband, put an umbrella covering the BBQ/coals but they didn't seem to pick up any heat so we started frying some meat inside. After a while it turned out pretty well and we could BBQ the Icelandic lamb, pork and WHALE* outside. We had been talking about it so much that we just had to try it and even one of our vegetarians had a little bite, earlier she had a little bite of puffin, just like all of us, for lunch. "I don't love it, but I don´t hate it" she said. It was a fun night and everyone had a good time, including myself. We also had some friends over from Scotland, which was fun too.
My dear Snorris are now all but two with their host families. I drove the first one, Bethany going to Þórshöfn, to the domestic airport at 8 am, then Marshall got picked up to go to Sandgerði and the Canadian documentary team filmed them before the took off. Then I took Jolene, Christin and Ashley to the airport since all of them were flying to Egilsstaðir - staying in 3 different towns in the wonderful East Iceland. I was lucky enough to meet many of the different host families of the Snorris since many of them were picked up at Guesthouse Óðinn or my office today. The last one I dropped off was Kelsey going to Húsavík and at the airport somebody came to talk to us who said to me: "Er þetta Kelsey" (is this Kelsey) and I said yes. "She is staying with my sister" he said and there I left them chatting over a cup of coffee before take-off.
It will be a big change for all of them but I am sure that they will all have wonderful experiences. I wish I could be a fly on the wall, soaking in all the different situations, wonderful families and the little every day moments they have together.
Julie and Amanda from Washington State are staying at my house over the weekend until their host families can host them so right now they are watching Scottish TV drama with Icelandic subtitles, trying to soak in all the Icelandic they can.
I am so thankful for this wonderful group. Thank you Snorris of 2012 - you are frábær! So much positiveness and no problems. You make me really love my job :)
*minke whale - which is far away from extinction