Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Women of Reykjavik

. . . ‘cause you know I have the interests of my readers at heart!

Spain

Actually, these aren’t Icelandic.  IIRC, they are Spanish and Italian, graduate students “volunteering” at our conference.

South Africa

Still not Icelandic.  This particular girl is English – South African, a graduate student at the University of Johannesburg.

France My incompetent, surreptitious photography doesn’t really do this one justice.  I’m pretty sure she is the wife of one of the attendees.  And no, she’s not Icelandic.  She’s French.  There were a lot of French girls at the conference, few of which I had the nerve to photograph.

Russia

This young woman, a graduate student in environmental studies at the University of Iceland, had a job catering the conference food and beverage.  She wasn’t an attendee, and she’s not Icelandic.  She’s Russian, who came to Iceland after marrying an Icelandic man who himself was a visiting student in Russia.

Brazil

Fooled you again!  There are approximately 100 Brazilians among Reykjavik’s population of 300K.  This one worked at the Brasilia Restaurant, the best value in food I had while I was there.  IIRC, she visited Iceland and wound up marrying an Icelander.  There was another Brazilian waitress at the restaurant with more obviously Afro-Brazilian features.

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Well, if you adjust for age, and considering that the conference selects for brains not beauty, then this Croat-Canadian doesn’t come off too badly.

Okay, I’ve strung y’all along far enough.  Here, for your viewing pleasure, are the real women of Iceland:

BluLagoon Staff

This is a sampling of the staff at the Blu Lagoon, a geothermal hot springs known for the milky blue color of its water.  The minerals and bacteria in the water are supposed to be excellent exfoliates.

In no particular order:

Saga1 Saga2 ShopGirls Russia1 Videy2

3 comments:

samsonsjawbone said...

Φ! I'm surprised at you.

Dexter said...

Iceland has sorta dropped off the radar now that the volcano has subsided. What is the evidence of the (ongoing?) aftermath of their financial crisis? Boarded up businesses, soup lines, beggars, bodies in the street, civil unrest, sky high prices, empty shelves, anything like that? Or does all appear in ordnung to the casual tourist?

Φ said...

Samson: hey, I report, you decide! :-)

Dexter: the tourist season is way off, a reflection of hard times in Europe. This made being a tourist especially pleasant as roads and restaurants are uncrowded. Prices were very high, at least in tourist areas, but Icelandic society is very orderly and well-kept. More about this in future posts.