Thursday, December 31, 2009

Gleðilegt ár (Happy New Year!)

Some years ago, Mr. C and I spent New Year’s Eve in Iceland. We had a little apartment right on the rocky coast of Seltjarnarnes.

Our landlord was French, and the apartment reminded me of something out of an Eric Rohmer film. We had his phone number in case the roof blew off. I don’t think that detail was in any Eric Rohmer movie.

Fears of roof-flying aside, we found that the apartment was situated perfectly because we had a flawless view of the Reykjavík coast, upon which Icelanders set large (think two-storey) bonfires on New Year’s Eve. We strolled down to one bonfire, glimpsing into the warmly lit windows of Reykjavík homes where New Year’s dinners were being enjoyed.

I knew only one Icelandic phrase at that time, and I used it throughout my stay: Gleðileg jól (Merry Christmas).

I used it after ordering waffles at one of the little cafes; I used it when someone mistook me for an Icelander and launched into a conversation with me (in Icelandic) about how I had an American husband.

But on December 31, it was time to upgrade, so I learned a new line: Gleðilegt ár. And now, I pull out that phrase again to wish all gentle readers a very happy new year. I hope that 2010 is filled with pleasures for you and yours.

Gleðilegt ár. Happy New Year.

10 comments:

silent storyteller said...

Bliain nua faoi mhaise dhaoibh!! (from Ireland)

WendyB said...

Gobble-de-gook to you too! :-)

Belle de Ville said...

Wow, Iceland. How did you ever end up there on a New Year's Eve.
Do Tell.

TheCluelessCrafter said...

A very happy one to you, Miss C.!

What a language Icelandic is. I'm mystified by the "t" at the end of Gleoileg. Is it there because a vowel follows, is it a possessive?

Whatever its function, don't let it worry you this evening. Hope you are celebrating in your fashionably unique way.

LPC said...

Happy New Year! Iceland, how fun to do and then to tell about later:).

K.Line said...

What a romantic first line! And happy new year to you too...

Angie Muresan said...

Sounds fabulous!! Never having been there I am so jealous right now. Happy 2010 to you!!!

Couture Cookie said...

My Iceland experience is limited to Keflavik airport. Hopefully, one of those days I will miss my connecting flight and get some geysers, ponies and Gle-what was it again...

Somehow, spending NYE in Iceland sounds incredibly romantic to me. Happy 2010!

materfamilias said...

That looks like a tough language to pun in!
Happy New Year to you, Miss C, and thanks so much for your blog which I enjoy very much.

Make Do Style said...

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda - Welsh for Happy New Year xxx