I celebrated the last day of summer in glorious weather in North Iceland last weekend. A friend of mine got married on the lucky day 7-9-13 and the weather was certainly lucky.
As the happy couple took their vows in a cute country church in the beautiful Eyjafjörður, the sun shone brightly outside and everyone wore light clothing and summer dresses.
I had even managed to pick some blueberries in the morning, sweating in my woolen sweater in the warm breeze.
Since then the days have gotten colder and the autumn winds have started blowing in.
Upon our return to Reykjavík, my husband and I noticed that the tall rose bushes in our garden—which still hadn’t finished blooming due to lack of sunshine in the capital this summer—had blown over.
“That’s it then,” we thought. Last summer we spent a lot of time in the garden, barbequing every weekend it seemed, but this summer all we got out of spending time in the garden were wasp stings. And now the summer is over.
Autumn in Reykjavík comes with wind and rain but every now and again the sun peeks out. Better make the most of it and I’m hoping for a swim later today.
Dark ominous clouds are hanging over the government offices too. I had a bad feeling about the Progressive Party-Independence Party coalition from the start and the people in power have done nothing to try to prove me wrong.
The Progressive Party is rapidly losing support as they haven’t done anything about the situation of homeowners as they promised. Granted, some committees have been appointed who vow to deliver results by the end of this year, so let’s wait and see.
“When should we start protesting?” asked a colleague of mine who’s at risk of losing her house and voted the Progressive Party for the first time in the desperate hope that they would help her out.
“Wait until after New Years’,” someone responded. But demonstrators have already started gathering outside the parliament, urging the ruling parties to stand by their word, including representatives of pensioners and the disabled waiting for higher benefits.
Taxes for the highest earners have been cut, fishing tariffs for the seafood industry reduced and instead further cutbacks to public services announced.
One way of saving money is laying off everyone involved in the European Union accession talks. As stated before the election, talks have been postponed indefinitely and it doesn’t look like the national referendum on their continuation will happen any time soon. In fact, I doubt it will ever take place.
There’s still no sign of a separate minister for the environment and meanwhile nature reserve plans have been canceled, and more power plants and aluminum smelters called for. Yes, it was inevitable I know.
Will we let the government get on with it until we’re back in the same situation as when the economy crashed in 2008? Voters must stand up and speak out before it’s too late.
Today is supposedly an unlucky day, Friday the 13th, but with the current blue skies I’d rather feel optimistic.
The autumn winds gave me a break as I cycled to work this morning and I felt rather snug in my big parka that I’d brought out after the recent drop in temperatures.
Enough with the doom and gloom. Here’s to a happy weekend.
Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir – firstname.lastname@example.org