Seasons Come and Seasons Go

Whenever winter is approaching, it seems like there's a grumpy vibe around town.  Shorter days, no vitamin D, less fresh air, sludgy streets, feeling like the michelin man. 

BUTTTTT it's kind of neat that we get to experience all of these beautiful phases. Plus, winter is that time where we get to retreat, be cozy and live a less hectic life.  We get to eat warm foods, drink tea, bundle up and snuggle up, binge watch, and drink spiked cider.  

Some snapshots below that capture the diversity (not all Canadian but you get the gist). 

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When Jim's Away, the Retoucher Will Play

So what is Jim's fascination with Iceland all about?  I don't know if any of us will ever dive deep enough to figure that out, and maybe he doesn't even know! 

I thought I'd do some reading up on the country and get to better know this mysterious land. After being in charge of Jim's catalogue of images for almost 4 years now, I feel like I know it much more than I actually do.  Here are some things I found while digging around in internet land.  Maybe Jim can elaborate more once he returns...

  • Beer remained illegal in Iceland until 1989.
  • Babies in Iceland are routinely left outside to nap.
  • There are no surnames or family names in Iceland – Icelanders use the traditional Nordic naming system, which includes a last name that is comprised from their father’s (or mother’s) first name with the addition of -dóttir (-daughter) or -son. I LOVE THIS ONE!
  • AND THIS ONE EVEN MORE: There aren’t any McDonald’s Restaurants in Iceland (nor in Algeria, Albania, Ghana, Bolivia, Zimbabwe and North Korea). There once were, but they never gained popularity and were shut down in 2009.  There is talk of new development in the future but hopefully that proves to be another failure. 
  • In 2010 Iceland banned strip clubs. Yay for not supporting an industry that shouldn't be a means for survival for people.
  • Interesting: First names not previously used in Iceland must be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee.
  • Icelandic babies are left outside to nap in freezing temperatures.
  • Hot dogs are Iceland's most popular food and sold nearly everywhere.