yep, I’m here :)

Quite a bit more active on my Icelandic blog than here. Good to know one is missed, though.

On the political front, well not very much, really. Maybe that IMF loan is coming through, I don’t really want it, though. Terribly afraid that it will be used just to float our useless currency and the idiocy will start all over again, plus our kids and grandkids will have to pay out of their noses, all their lives, for this huge loan. I’d much rather just pay for it now, no travels abroad for a few years, porridge for breakfast (my kids love porridge, anyway), try to get the wheels up and running, with innovation and thinking outside our collective boxes. Tourism should be fairly easy, with the króna in free fall – everything’s really cheap here right now – for people with dollars or euros at least.

But, with a huge loan, someone found out that even though there were no interest on the loan, it would take 71, yes seventyone years to pay it off. What’s that all about?

Anyway, the family took the weekend off from Kreppa, went to a summerhouse, owned by husband’s workplace. Some nice food, a couple of bottles of red wine, went outdoor swimming (no, it wasn’t cold), solved crosswords and sudokus and didn’t think of depression at all. Totally nice.

2 Responses to “alive”

  1. 1 inmate1972 November 19, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    I’m curious, how do you feel about joing the EU? That certainly would help some matters for the country although I’m not sure of what you would consider to be a downside (?)

  2. 2 hildigunnur November 19, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Well, actually I’m not quite sure, I don’t think it would be a solve-all, get-home-free card at all, but then again it probably wouldn’t be much worse.

    Downside, well the biggest problem Icelanders see is losing control of our fishing waters. That’s a pretty serious one, since the fishing is our main export (still), and the one thing we can fall back on, I suppose. Then, the loss of sovereignty, which I must say doesn’t sound all bad, at the moment, the Icelanders don’t seem to be able to vote useful people to the helm. Even now, the right-wingers who got us into this mess have about 22% of the votes. Way too much, IMO

    It’s almost certain that we will ask to be a part of the EU, probably early next year. Will most likely take about 4 years to come through, and the powers that be have said that this mess we’re in won’t matter. But the EU without the Euro won’t help much, I don’t know if or when we will fulfill the Euro criteria.

    We’ll see about this, I’m not running away quite yet (even though we HAVE checked our possibilities to move to Canada…)

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November 2008

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