Except… maybe it’s not really like that. There doesn’t seem to be a ferry from Aberdeen anymore. I would have to fly to Copenhagen and then to Reykjavik. Expensive and complex, but at least sea-sickness would not be an issue.
She writes of the absence of daylight in winter. As if this was unusual. And I realised that even within the UK our experience of light is very different from North to South. Talking to The Girl on Sunday, she was shocked to hear that there had only been daylight between about 10am and 3pm that day in Aberdeen. She said someone at school had asked her if it was darker in the North and she hadn’t really known. Yes. Yes, it is.
Other things about Icelandic living rang loud bells for me – the prevailing driving style: too fast, too close, in big cars, with zero use of mirrors or signals. Sarah Moss’s reaction to this was to stay indoors, avoiding driving wherever possible. Yup. That’s me. Only to discover she had spent almost a year in Iceland and seen nothing beyond the domestic and working realms? Yup.
And the local attitude to money among those of working age? The same. There are very few second-hand shops in Aberdeenshite, unless you mean charity shops. People buy new and throw away last year’s model. Interiors are cream-carpeted and glossy. Children here do not wear patched hand-me-down clothes like the middle-class kids of London, they have the latest designer labels.
Remoteness, insularity, over-inflated consumerist expectations and debt: that’s what Iceland and NE Scotland have in common!
And yet, there must be pockets of resistance here, as in Iceland. I just need to find them.
Until then, I have blogland.
And this last week, with an office unexpectedly to myself, I have spent my lunchtimes listening to knitting podcasts while knitting – wow! Creativity in the workplace! This is a whole new realm of knitterly exposure! I recommend Student Knits (UK) and A Playful Day (UK) and also enjoyed an episode of Dramatic Knits (USA).