decalogue: why so much of Iceland. 10: it simply fitted in!

photo taken from te entrance of the National Museum of Iceland on the 31st of October of 2018

photo taken from te entrance of the National Museum of Iceland on the 31st of October of 2018

Then, after all my developments enunciated in the 9 previous sections, by pure chance, in 2013, my brother and two friends proposed me to travel to..., yes, one of those dream places of 30 years ago: Iceland! So I immediately accepted. And what I discovered was the great treasure of Icelandic medieval literature (the sagas, poetry, sacred texts...), the key historical role of Iceland as a centre of humanism and culture, the love and care given in its society to culture (the slogan ‘Reykjavík loves culture’ was the antithesis of the destruction and disdain of culture I had seen in my own country during the economic crisis)…

The by then very last big mural by Sara Riel and the Harpa concert hall, first of November of 2018

The by then very last big mural by Sara Riel and the Harpa concert hall, first of November of 2018

And, on top of that, in that year 2013, in the only 2-3 hours we had to discover Reykjavik at the very end of our tour of the island, I simply fell in love with this city...

Phglem and the port, 29th of october of 2018

Phglem and the port, 29th of october of 2018

I wanted to get back to the roots of European humanistic culture, and Iceland encapsulates all I love today: the care for culture, the craft ideals and traditions, and... the openness to the rest of the world and to the future too. I could not conceive a better place for my dreams than Iceland...