When I decided to come to the Faroe Islands for a year, I knew that it would be important to try to learn the language. It turns out that there are quite a few other things that I need to learn, as well.
How to walk in the snow. This is a very important skill to learn. Even if I am getting a ride, I still need to get down the steps and out to the car. The important thing is to avoid icy patches, which sounds obvious to people who are used to snow. Yesterday I decided to walk to town to go to the grocery store and the bank. It took me longer than normal, but I made it. Except for the muddy slush on the main street, the town looked like a Dickens’ Christmas card. On second thought, Dickens’ Christmas cards don’t usually include so many boats.
How to drive in the snow. I haven’t mastered this one yet. Sunday, I drove to church, and when it was over there was snow on the roads (though not very much). Someone else drove my car down the hill, and then I carefully drove home. I haven’t driven up the main road out of Fuglafjørður yet. It has a couple of very nice hills. I plan to practice driving around town first.
How to shovel snow. This afternoon, it occurred to me that if I didn’t like the snow and ice that was accumulating on my steps, it was up to me to remove it (or else wait for rain). Fortunately, there was a shovel in my basement that served the purpose quite well. I also learned that if I stand close to the house to shovel snow, there is a good chance that melting snow will drip from the eaves and go down my back.
When it’s cold, wear wool. I only have two wool sweaters, so you will be seeing a lot of them. I ordered some wool pants from the LL Bean online catalogue, and I do hope they arrive soon. For about one third the cost of the clothes, they will ship them to the Faroe Islands.
I have also learned that the people here are very helpful, generous, and kind. I have given many of them the chance to help me out, in one way or another.