Friday, December 25, 2015

questions for Iceland and me

Questions about my pending Iceland trip (answers pending; or not):


  1. 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?)
  2. 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?
  3. 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?"
  4. Can one conjure or force to happen a satori or epiphany? And can a new-found-land be the locus of such enlightenment?
  5. Will I be able to resist the urge to sleep upon landing?
  6. 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?
  7. 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?)
  8. Will I encounter a San Francisco Giants fan in Iceland? (I would not be shocked at such an eventuality.)
  9.  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?
  10. If this journey proves transformative, how so?

2 comments:

Craig said...

elves god dammit, ELVES!!!!!!!

Pawlie Kokonuts said...

IdahoBoy,
I will edit the list of questions to query about elves.