At the moment, I'm in Reykjavik, Iceland. It's the middle of January, here in the world's northernmost capitol city, and the weather is all over the place. Raging, knock-you-off-your-feet Arctic sleetstorm one day, and sunny and not-so-freezing the next.
This place is about as "foreign" as any I've visited, including Papua New Guinea, which has its fair share of exotic qualities. Iceland actually has some things in common with PNG, including pristine landscapes, pure waters, hard working, friendly people, and relative isolation.
It also has things in common with the U.S. Most people speak some English. At least, they were taught English in school. And they drive on the right side of the road. That's all I can think of offhand...which says a lot.
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