- Am I trying to escape duty, pain, or quotidian routine? If so, is that right or wrong? (Are "right" and "wrong" notions of culture and custom more than morality?)
- If Iceland is a personal metaphor, what is it a metaphor for? If not a metaphor, can Iceland be a simile, a song, an icon, a template, a slate, a temple, or a geothermal self-reflecting pool?
- Upon landing at Keflavik, will I say to myself, "What have you done now?" though it will not be possible, or practical, to scoot back home?"
- Can one conjure or force to happen a satori or epiphany? And can a new-found-land be the locus of such enlightenment?
- Will I be able to resist the urge to sleep upon landing?
- Which course of tourism will be most beneficial and rewarding: wringing everything out of Iceland and tapping all its wellsprings insofar as this human and his endurance and budget can withstand it, or a more passive, let-it-me-revealed onto to me approach?
- What if I love Iceland so much I want to stay, I mean really stay? (And would Iceland even want me to stay if I could?)
- Will I encounter a San Francisco Giants fan in Iceland? (I would not be shocked at such an eventuality.)
- Do Icelanders believe in the existence of elves (National Geographic says 54% of Icelanders do)? Better yet, quite simply, do elves inhabit Iceland, spiritually or physically?
- If this journey proves transformative, how so?
Friday, December 25, 2015
questions for Iceland and me
Questions about my pending Iceland trip (answers pending; or not):