Monday, July 1, 2013

Day 15: The Culture House

Today was a very light day for us; although raining when we left, quickly enough the sun came out. We had decided to visit the Culture House for their tour on Medieval Manuscripts - Eddas and Sagas. My inner literary nerd was a happy camper, seeing old books in Icelandic about sagas and eddas, two 13th century books that are chief sources of knowledge of Scandinavian mythology.

Among the other exhibits of the museum was a biographical exploration of Jón Sigurðsson, a leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement; unfortunately, the entire exhibit was in Icelandic, so I bypassed it; and the Library Room, the old reading room of the National Library, and which displayed many of the landmark books of Icelandic cultural history, dating from the introduction of printing in the 16th century to the present day, and included the oldest published versions of the Sagas of Icelanders, Sagas of the Kings of Norway and Eddic poems, cultural journals, and more.

Aside from dinner at a tiny neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant, we managed to do a small amount of shopping, finding Ed the Icelandic sweater he was hoping to find. He's not one for wearing sweaters regularly, but had really wanted a souvenir, so we found him a lined sweater that zips up. (The sweaters are apparently quite itchy, so finding a lined sweater was good find.)

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