Saturday, July 28, 2012

Last day of class

I usually look forward to Fridays, but this Friday was particularly sad. It was out last day of class.

We learned about Vikings in popular culture. I learned about numerous movies, television shows, and music with Vikings. Viking metal was a new form of music for me. I'll have to tell Will about these bands that have quite a following.

In the afternoon we went to the Shetland Museum to see more Viking artifacts. We had a farewell tea (I had a scone with cream and jam as well as a mocha). Then it was time to say goodbye to some of the people we had met in class.

A few of us stayed in Lerwick to shop and have fish and chips. We also toured the Up Helly Aa galley shed. Here they had shields, scrapbooks, and costumes dating back to 1928.

The Up Helly Aa festival takes place in late January. One man per year is nominated to be the Guizer Jarl. He is joined by his crew and they parade around the city making appearances for food, festivities, and dramatic sketches. At the end of the evening, the crowd gathers around a longship which is set in flames by a thousand torches. The festival marks the end of winter and looking forward to spring. There are some similarities between Up Helly Aa and the Winter Carnival in St. Paul. The 2017 Guizer Jarl was our tour guide. Maybe I'll come back and see the festival some day. You never know.

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