A Day in the City of Reykjavik at the Local Flea Market

HON195 Student Post: Katie Tewksbury, Linguistics Major; Honors Minor, ASL Minor

Career Goals: Speech Pathologist



A Day in the City of Reykjavik at the Local Flea Market

Giggles leaped from booth to booth as children played tag– ducking under booths and racing through the aisles of the Kolaportid Flea Market in Reykjavik, Iceland. The nostalgic atmosphere reminded me of when I used to accompany my parents to the flea market back home in Rhode Island. Our morning bus ride into down town Reykjavik was filled with exciting whispers and eagerness about what the flea market experience would be like. People shouted from one end of the bus to the other “I can finally get my family all their gifts today”, “I can’t wait to try fermented shark!” (yes really), and many other desires for today’s adventure. This chain reaction of commotion filled the van with an exciting energy that made for a promising start to our day. Continue reading “A Day in the City of Reykjavik at the Local Flea Market”

A Crash Course on Skyr

If you’ve visited the yogurt section of your grocery store, lately, you may have seen an unfamiliar item snuggled in with the vast selection of Greek yogurt cups – Icelandic Skyr.

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This item has actually been around for centuries and has finally found its way into US grocery stores. What, exactly, is this newcomer all about?

Skyr (pronounced skeer) is a traditional Icelandic Continue reading “A Crash Course on Skyr”

2016 HON-101 Lab Adventures: Experiencing Iceland in Maine

During the Fall 2016 Semester, USM Honors Freshmen who enrolled in the HON-101 Icelandic Sagas and Skalds class and the associated lab experienced Icelandic (and the greater North Atlantic) culture right here in Maine. As part of the lab activities, students enjoyed Icelandic style cuisine, learned about the International Marine Terminal, met local artist and USM graduate Justin Levesque, and met some friendly Icelandic horses. Here are some of those stories:
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5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Iceland

The very moment that someone learns of your experience in Iceland, you can expect one of two responses: 1.) a barrage of questions, or 2.) a barrage of partially accurate trivia tid-bits. Today I’m going to share with you the most common questions I’ve been asked when it comes to travel in Iceland:
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