Days 25 & 27: Reykjavík – the gathering

So, school officially starts July 27.  The last several days have been filled with unofficial activities: a get-together for coffee, a tour of the city and the bus system, a little sightseeing.

Second-year student Cari leads the group to the bus terminal near Hlemmur Square
Students at the bus terminal near Hlemmur Square
Chuck Norris uses fresh lava to spice his food - when he wants something bland
Chuck Norris uses fresh lava to spice his food – when he wants something bland

There are 32 students starting next week, hailing from places like China, Germany, Mexico, and Namibia, as well as Iceland and the United States.  After a first day of orientation, welcome, and administrative tasks (the most important of which will be taking new arrivals to the immigration office), we head into a three-week summer session on the basics of sustainable energy production:  sort of an introduction to the introduction.  There will be classroom presentations, field trips to hydropower and geothermal power plants, and group projects designed to pull together the students’ understanding of the concepts learned.

There will also be team-building exercises.  We all get to go jump in a lake.  Well, actually, the North Atlantic.  We’re told it won’t be that bad.

Participants in last year's ocean jump.  They're expected to thaw out in 2017 -- sooner if there's another volcanic eruption
Participants in last year’s ocean jump. They’re expected to thaw out in 2017 — sooner if there’s another volcanic eruption

Can’t wait.  Brrrr.

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