As I am preparing the class for their persuasive research essay, I am writing down what I already know about the topic that I have written something about,
. I spent my 18th year of life in Iceland as an exchange student and I know some things have changed. That is where the research will come in to help me bring the essay up to date. Iceland
The weather is moderate. They have windy (wind that comes over the ocean- so sometimes it is very windy), rainy days and moderate snow in the winter.
Their culture is Scandinavian, similar to the Swedish and Danish, but they have their roots in their ancestors the Vikings. Their meals are somewhat bland, but consist more boiled fish and potatoes. It varies of course depending on the family and their origin. They have coffee breaks three times a day with Danish pastries, coffee cakes with plenty of cream. I gained 25 lbs. the first month I was there!
It was difficult to say what they did for entertainment, but most students went to night clubs on the weekends to go dancing. There were no bowling alleys or sports arenas at that time. You could go swimming outside in the pools that were heated by the natural hot springs.
I attended school there. The students had to pass a test in order to attend school past the age of 11-14 yrs. We would call it grammar school. Basically there were no assignments that were graded. You worked in class and took notes until the end of the course, then took a test and your grade was based on the final test! If you didn’t do well, that was it! They speak Icelandic, but many speak English, after Danish. They begin learning Danish at the age of eleven. English was my best subject there in school. :)