My Journal

Do you remember a game called Chinese Whispers? I won’t bother you with the full blown rules of play, but they are along the lines of a group of people, sometimes children, sitting in a circle. A chosen ‘someone’ kicks off play by whispering a phrase or word to the person next to them. They, in turn, whisper what they perceive to have heard to the person next to them and ’round it goes. Today’s Flashback Friday features a story about an incident that took place several years ago on a tour bus during a city tour of Iceland’s Capital, Reykjavik. It involved me playing the part of a so called ‘whisper guide’ for a group of Chinese cruise passengers and, in light of the up coming Chinese New Year celebrations, I thought it a fitting tale to share with you this Flashback Friday.

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There are a few exciting dates listed in my calendar for the coming month. One is a trip to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on February 13th to watch Wales take on Scotland in the ‘6 Nations’ rugby. For your info, I shall be attending the match in full traditional Welsh costume and yes, photos and up-dates will be shared via social media, so please do follow me! Another very important date in my diary is February 18th, when I am to proudly represent Iceland Travel at the inaugural cruise Wave Awards. We have been names as finalists in no less than two categories. And last but not least, February also hails the imminent arrival of a new family member.
Nail biting stuff! I look forward to keeping you posted.

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Having lived in Iceland for the past 18 years, I am ashamed to say that my Icelandic is, in a word, atrocious. But still I battle on with the unfathomable grammar, unpronounceable pronunciation and the “impossible to learn unless you were born here” verb inflections. Moving backwards rather than forwards in most parts and still mixing up my genders. But before you judge me, I ask you this. Do you think the Icelandic word for bra is feminine or masculine? The answer is masculine. I rest my case…

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