- Their phone book is alphabetical by first name. Because people traditionally take on their mother or father's first name plus "döttir" for daughters, or "son" for sons (I would be Christin Garysdöttir) for a surname, thus rendering their last names kind of slippery, it's just easier to look them up by first name. Likewise, professors are referred to by their first name. Which seems very California to me.
- NASA used to conduct lunar training there, since it has terrain that is not dissimilar to the moon. Oh my gosh you guys, I'm going to the moon!
- The population is only 310,000. The literacy rate is 100%. In the 1960s, there were 40 bookshops in the capital. They have virtually no pollution because of their wealth of geothermal resources for powering the country. They have hot springs, glaciers, and sand dunes (doesn't that sound like an episode of Lost?). Police don't carry guns because the crime rate is so low. Once a year, those in parliamentary must speak entirely in rhyme. There are no ruins. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs right through the middle, so technically it is split into two continents.
In short, this year's Litquake was AMAZING. Every year has been awesome, but this one was particularly special for me because I got to actually help plan the awesome. As a volunteer during the festival for the past several years, I definitely felt like I contributed to making each event I helped at awesome, but this year, being on the committee,* I got to witness the tremendous build up to the festival that happens the whole year prior. The amount of love, sweat and time that goes into it is incredible, and I'm not sure I've ever been part of something so cool. Which is not to say I'm not still cranky-tired and looking forward to feeling fully recovered.