18.04.2008 8 °C
Yes, indeed why Iceland out of all the places. People in the "know" say that it is totally awesome that I am going there. Others look at me funny and ask, "I know you've told me before but why Iceland again?"
I tell people the stock phrase "because it's good for geography" so that people would nod their heads. I sometimes wish I had picked somewhere warm, or France so that I could practice my French, or The Netherlands or England. Y'know, all those typical study abroad places. I know I'm not mentioning Asia. That's because Europe is much more compact and I'm just so westernized. I also always feel weird going to Asian places that is not Cantonese-speaking. Do I look like one of them? Do I look Chinese enough so that they will or will not try to say something in their own language? In Europe, I stick out but I'm not constantly self-conscious and don't always ask: Do I fit in or am I viewed as a foreigner? Am I a foreigner or should I be trying to fit in?
But back to that nagging question. I guess I just didn't want your typical junior year study abroad experience. I never really even thought Iceland was a plausible exchange place until I started crossing off all the places I couldn't go and the best choice for me was the land of fire and ice.
Sometimes I read tourist tip forums and I read people complaining that they've always wanted to visit Iceland but they never feel like they'll be able to afford the weekend. That scares me. I'm going for 32 weekends on a student budget. I will no longer read those things because they just depress me. Another worry is that I've been looking at so many pictures of The Country that I'm afraid I'm going to get there and think, "This place didn't look this bad in the picture." I love reading up about places but once you start being able to recommend attractions you've never been to, you know that you have to stop researching or else it won't come as such a great surprise/delight. At least that's what I fear/think.
On another note, I'm waiting for my letter of acceptance so I could start my visa application process.
Countdown: about 4 or 4.5 months