We’ve had a great time covering Iceland Airwaves and discovering and reporting on Icelandic culture. Here’s an Icelandic cultural interview culled from our time there. Be sure to stay tuned for our final radio documentary, which will air on WCRX-FM 88.1. Visit our Iceland Airwaves blog to read/hear more from our time in Iceland.
Following the discovery of mass government surveillance, the conversation surrounding Internet freedoms and amnesty from regulation changed. It was a tangible aspect of understanding the neutrality debate centers around legislation. In Iceland, laws were implemented to protect the spread of information and whistleblowers online. In the U.S., Internet providers are seeking to expand their profits by controlling browsing speeds. Listen to interviews with the executive director of the Icelandic Modern Media Institute, Gudjon Idir and anthropologist studying information politics related to Icelandic data centers, Alix Johnson.
Sitting here in the lobby of Fosshotel Baron, checked out and bags packed, it’s hard for me to take in the full scope of this trip. So much happened in just 7 short days, which in reality were some of the longest of my life, averaging about 3 solid hours of sleep each night. I don’t even know where to begin.
I don’t think I’ll ever forget waking up everyday and looking out my window to see the beautiful snow covered peaks of Mount Esja across the bay. I hope I’ll never lose the great nights out and the amazing feeling of being able to cut a line that stretched around the block, all due to some silly blue wristband with the word “press” printed on it. But the one thing I know will stay with me forever are the amazing people I was so lucky to share this experience with.
Honestly this has been the most insane week of my life. I can’t even begin to express how I feel right now, but I don’t know that it will ever be duplicated.
Last night was my absolute favorite moment of the trip. We were able to see the Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis. It was difficult to see with the naked eye, however when I looked through the lens of my camera and took a photo, the sky lit up with shades of green dancing among the stars.
Now, not to get all emotional or metaphoric, but this trip is kind of like that experience. We all came here not really knowing what to expect. I don’t want to speak for the whole class, but at least for me, it didn’t actually hit me that I was going to Iceland until we landed on this island. In my eyes, what we were about to experience was just a fantasy and a dream. Now that it is over I can see clearly and as much as I want to stay here forever, I know it is time to move on and keep going. Another adventure awaits me and I can’t wait.