miðvikudagur, maí 16, 2007

role reversal

This one has been sitting in my "future post ideas" box forever, back from the early days of the Iceland Report. And I guess its time has come. So the gist is, what if America's and Iceland's positions in the world were reversed? What would be some of the implications of that?
  • Tourists from Iceland expecting Americans to speak fluent Icelandic, Americans having been raised on a steady diet of sitcoms and movies from Iceland. Verðbréfaspilið: The Movie.
  • Americans have no idea why President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson so popular in Iceland, thinking Icelanders a bunch of idiots for electing him.
  • Icelandic Navy Base in Maine provided significant chunk of American employment until Icelanders closed it down last year.
  • Icelanders ask, "What language do Americans speak? Do they have their own language?"
  • Americans grow up with specific ideas of places they want to see in Iceland. "I've always wanted to see Egilsstaður."
  • Young Americans sprinkle their English with heavily-accented Icelandic idioms and phrases, older Americans frown on the practice. "I ran into her at the party. Það er ekki gott maður."
  • Icelanders think America just another one of their territories.
  • A young Icelandic professional moves to America and gets asked at least once a week, "Why did you come here?"
  • "Icelandic Style" restaurants in NYC and Boston serve up lamb and potatoes, salted cod.
  • Americans take regular shopping trips to Iceland, come back with suitcases laden down with wool and skyr.
  • Kids on the streets of NYC shamelessly wear KR hats, having never seen a single soccer game.
OK, kids, I'd like to see more of these in the comments section!


Anonymous Nafnlaus said...

Try Audi's blog entry of day but in reversal....

Receptionist: That will be 14.000 US dollars, thank you.

Icelandic tourist, straight off the flybus: Right, OK. Do you know how much that is in real money?

Anonymous Nafnlaus said...

Actually, if I lived on the east coast of the U.S. instead of near the west, I'd totally make regular shopping trips to Iceland and load my luggage up with skyr. :-)


Icelanders get repeatedly asked by their family and friends what made them decide to vacation in America, of all places.

Most visitors to America focus on the Golden Circle of New York City-Grand Canyon-Hollywood, but a few do dig deeper and make the time to see something of the rest of the country.

Anonymous Nafnlaus said...

A small rope (and their own good sense) is all that keeps tourists from falling into the Grand Canyon... while people must pass through concrete barricades and sign releases to get close to Geysir.

Blogger KEITH HAYWARD said...

Every Icelandic celebrity to visit America is considered a 'friend' and as a result their latest film / CD sales increase dramatically.

Anonymous Nafnlaus said...

An American tourist is treated as an oddity and asked to speak to the local womens' club.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

... oh dear. I've already done the movie thing, and last trip I did come back with my suitcases full of wool... The "Icelandic Style" restaurants sound cool- Boiled Sheep heads to go!

Blogger Darien Fisher-Duke said...

Love Alex's scenario!
-Icelanders scour the cities of the U.S. seeking laundromats; end up wearing dirty clothes.
-Icelanders flip out over the original art hung in subway cars and banks. What a great, crazy idea! Why doesn't everyone decorate this way?
-Icelanders scratch their heads at the strange sight of Americans bursting into song, wholeheartedly, at the slightest provocation, anywhere.


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