Looking forward

I’m barely back from two weeks’ wandering about the place, and I already have my eyes on going away again. I have one or two of interesting weekends away in the next couple of months (more on them later), but what I am really looking forward to is the Faroe Islands in June.

It’s Justin, Niall and myself, and a week of exploring our neighbours to the north. And hopefully, if we can get tickets, the Faroes playing Scotland and Italy. Not at the same time, mind, that would be most unfair.

I got a bit of a shock when looking at some accommodation prices on the web the other day – I knew Scandinavian countries were a bit pricey, but some of the costs per night could get you a month’s rent in parts of Glasgow. This doesn’t bode well given that I am also trying to save money for the big travels in September.

To move my mind on to the positives, I’ve started reading my guidebook to the Faroes, and thought that I could share some of what I discover as I read. For starters, did you know that the Faroes were first inhabited by Irish monks? Or that the Faroese language was only properly written down in the 1800s? Or that the islands have an excellent bus network, and surprisingly cheap helicopter trips?

Maybe we could just sleep in helicopters…

3 thoughts on “Looking forward

  1. There is – see Wikipedia. It’s apparently very close to Icelandic, and was mutually intelligible with Norn, the now extinct Norse language of Orkney and Shetland. But not, interestingly, with Norwegian or Danish, the languages of its past and current “owners”.

    You learn something new every day, eh?

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