I arrived back in Fuglafjørður on Sunday after finishing the language class in Torshavn, and I’m getting settled in my little house. Tuesday’s newspaper had a photo and short story about our language class – I saw the newspaper in the rack on Wednesday, but didn’t buy a copy.
This morning the people from the phone company came to my house and worked for a while on installing my telephone. They think that the line to the house was cut when someone did some digging near the house, so they weren’t able to get the phone connected; they’ll be back early next week to fix the lines. I also don’t have my Internet connection installed yet, so I am sending this from the computer store in town.
It has been raining constantly for the last several days. Monday and Tuesday I did some shopping for groceries and other household items. My house is a twenty-minute walk from the center of town, and on Monday I bought too much stuff, and I had to stop every 5 minutes or so to let my hands rest. Tuesday I didn’t get so much and I made it home without stopping.
The big news is that yesterday I bought a car, with a lot of help from my cousin Jormund. I had been thinking of going back to Torshavn to look for a used car, but yesterday morning I heard that someone in Fuglafjørður was selling a used car in good condition. It is a white 1996 Mazda with 126,000 km (80,000 miles) that runs on gas, not diesel. (Diesel cars have a higher tax rate.) Jormund helped bargain down the price and also helped arrange for car insurance for me. Today I drove to town in the rain. (I had discovered that I can get quite wet during a 20 minute walk in the rain!)
During class we were supposed to write something in a diary every day, and I decided that that is something I should continue to do. This morning I wrote a page or so in Faroese about buying a car. Since I came back to Fuglafjørður I have spent time going through my notes and entering my vocabulary in a spreadsheet. Here is a sample of my Faroese:
Í gjár keypti eg ein hvítar bil frá 1996. Hann kostaði fýri túsand tvey hundrað dollari, ella fimm og tjúgu túsand krónur.